How to Prevent Bed Bugs in Dorm Rooms
Bed bugs love dorm rooms! To prevent getting a bed bug infestation in your student housing unit, always use a mattress cover and be cautious when moving.
To keep bed bugs out of dorm rooms:
- Inspect luggage and suitcases for bed bugs
- Inspect all used or secondhand furniture for signs of bed bugs
- Always cover mattresses with a protective cover
- Before moving in or out, thoroughly inspect the room
Bed Bugs in Student Housing
Dorm rooms tend to be hot spots for bed bug activity, and an infestation can quickly spread into other rooms. Colleges house students that come from all over the world who are constantly traveling. Beds, couches, chairs, baseboards, dressers, and clothing are all susceptible to hosting bed bugs, making it crucial to always thoroughly inspect these items. Before moving in or out of a room, always thoroughly inspect the entire room for signs of bed bugs.
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College Students Traveling
If your college kid is coming home for the holidays or summer vacation, it’s important to take extra precaution before they make themselves at home. Infestations can easily start if college kids bring home infested suitcases! Make sure your college student takes extra precautions in packing their suitcase, especially if it was used for other travel plans. Also be sure to be careful when unpacking. It’s best practice to always wash all clothing (even clean items) in hot water. Before stowing away any suitcases, inspect them and steam clean them if possible.
Preventing Bed Bug Infestations in Dorm Rooms
If you’re a college student, the last thing you have time for is a bed bug problem! As soon as you notice any signs of bed bugs (bites on your skin, marks on your sheets, etc.), it’s crucial to tell your building manager or R.A. as soon as possible. This can help limit the spread of bed bugs to other dorm rooms.