Summer is coming to a close. That means kids will be heading back to college. If this is the season of life you're in, and you'll be watching one or more of your kids head back to live in the dormitory on campus, here are some tips that will help them lower their risk of being a victim of bed bugs.
Tip 1: Understand The Problem Of Bed Bugs In Colleges
You've probably heard the adage, "Admitting you have a problem is the first step to solving it." The first step in protecting your kids from bed bugs is to educate them on why these insects are a threat in college dormitories.
Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs that come in on students.
Bed bugs can get into wall voids and move from room to room.
Dormitories have students that come from all over the world, including countries where pest control is not as common as it is here in the United States.
Bed bugs are blood eaters, and dormitories have everything they need to live and thrive.
Tip 2: Understand Why It Is Important To Not Have Clutter
While bed bugs are not attracted to filth, they are able to thrive in an environment that has a lot of clutter. Clutter allows these bugs to move around without being seen.
Tip 3: Know What a Bed Bug Looks Like
When bed bugs come to infest a room, bite marks will be smaller and less noticeable. This is because bites are caused by immature nymphs. So, the first indication bed bugs are present, may be the appearance of a bed bug feeding on someone in the room. These are six-legged bugs with a pale to tan, slightly transparent skin. When they feed, their abdomen will become bright red with the blood. If you see a 1 mm insect with six legs feeding on your skin, capture it in a plastic bag and present it to someone in administration.
Tip 4: Know the Signs Of Bed Bugs
If bed bugs infest a room, they will leave shed skins, black streaks, brown (or red) blood stains, tiny white eggs, and tiny black droppings where they live and along the routes they travel. These signs will be seen on sheets, bed spreads, pillow cases, baseboards, outlet covers, upholstered furniture and more.
Hopefully, these tips will help your college-age kid(s) avoid bed bugs while away at college, and make it less likely that they will bring them home when they return. If you do get bed bugs in your home, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can help you get rid of them. These insects are extremely hard to eradicate and DIY bed bug methods often end badly. It is best to let the professionals deal with this issue thoroughly and by the book.