There’s nothing more exciting than stepping out into the world as you head to university for the first time. But oh wait, your dorm experience isn’t exactly what you hoped for. Not only does your roommate snore like a freight train, but now there’s a rumor spreading around campus about a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs are every student’s worst nightmare, and if you’re unlucky enough to be on an infested campus, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed and have unanswered questions. Hopefully we can help provide some answers and put your mind at ease.
For starters, bed bug infestations develop in all places and conditions. They aren’t necessarily confined to dirty spaces. Still, it is also true that bed bugs live in cluttered areas, as it provides them with a larger selection of hiding places. Dorm rooms, which are notoriously messy, provide an ideal setting for bed bug infestations.
Furthermore, bed bugs spread quite easily. So with students constantly moving from dorm room to dorm room or visiting friends at other campuses, bed bug infestations between schools can spread like wildfire.
What you can do to prevent bed bugs?
When it comes to preventing bed bugs, the best offense is a good defense. Be prepared. As you go about your daily life, be aware of what you’re bringing into your dorm room. Always wash any second hand clothing or furniture before you bring it home. After traveling, make sure to immediately wash your clothing in hot water and take a good look through your luggage before bringing it back to your room. If this isn’t possible, you can also keep your clothing in an airtight plastic bag until it is able to be cleaned.
Finally, make sure to limit the amount of visitors you host, and encourage those who do visit to not bring their own linens. Bed bugs easily hitch rides on sleeping bags and pillows. While this might seem a tad excessive, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Finally, bed bugs spread quickly, so if you hear about any other students having issues, make sure your housing coordinator is aware of the problem.
How do you know you have bed bugs?
While bed bugs do tend to avoid daylight, there are still warning signs you should look out for. The most obvious sign will be a bed bug bites. Bites can start off as raised, itchy red bumps on your skin, similar to mosquito bites. Multiple bed bug bites may even mirror a rash that is often referred to as “bed bug rash”. Bed bugs live in the folds of mattresses, box springs, headboards and other furniture in your room. However, you probably won’t see them until you’re in bed as they are attracted to human scent and heat. Finally, you may also notice blood marks around your bed or walls.
What do you if you have bed bugs in your dorm?
If you are unfortunate enough to find bed bugs in your dorm, make sure to notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. Depending on your particular housing arrangement, this may mean a student residence advisor, building manager or housing coordinator. If you’re living on off-campus housing, notify your landlord immediately. Chances are you won’t be the first person who’s noticed them. Still, it’s better to be safe and let them know, just in case.
While preventative methods for avoiding bed bug infestations are the student’s duty, if bed bugs are found on school property such as dorms, it is the school that then becomes accountable for their removal. However, when it comes to bed bugs that are found in off-campus housing or apartments, it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure their extermination.
If you’re unsure, or would like a professional opinion, please feel free to call Magical Pest Control’s bed bug removal division at (905) 738-6676 to schedule a bed bug inspection as soon as possible.
If you have any tips, suggestions or questions, please feel free to leave a comment and tell us about your bed bug dorm experience.