September

29

2011

Just the mere thought of bed bugs is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl and now with college classes back in full swing, bed bug infestations are rapidly popping up all across Denver, Boulder and the surrounding areas of Colorado in dorms, sorority and fraternity houses as well as in student apartments. EnviroPest By Sprague Pest Solutions, a longtime Colorado pest control company, would like to offer parents and students, who have recently returned to college, some tips to help you identify bed bugs and prevent an infestation of bed bugs in your dorm room this fall.

Bed Bug Identification

Bed bugs are small, apple seed sized insects that are masters at going undetected. They hide during the daytime hours in the most concealed places so regular inspections of your room are a great idea to catch a bed bug infestation early. Use a flashlight to inspect all areas of your room for live or dead bed bugs including:

  • Your mattress; pay close attention to the seams and the bottom side

  • In all the crevices of furniture including: headboards, bed frames, upholstered chairs or futons, bureaus and desk drawers

  • Behind baseboards, electrical outlet covers and any existing wall hangings

  • Along the room’s edge, where any carpet meets the wall

  • Inside closets

If during regular inspections you do not spot any bed bugs, that still doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Students should be aware of the signs of bed bug activity, which may include:

  • Dark blood spots on the mattress

  • Bed bug fecal spots

  • Caste skins

  • Small, red bumps on your skin upon waking

If you notice any of these signs of bed bugs, contact your school’s housing authority or your dorm’s RA immediately!

Remain Proactive

Unfortunately, bed bugs are excellent hitch-hikers and can be introduced into your room at any time on your or your roommate’s backpack, purse or laptop so along with regular inspections throughout the year you should:

  • Keep clutter picked up off the floor, including clothing and text books

  • Hang backpacks, purses and jackets on a hanger

  • Vacuum regularly

  • If possible, purchase an anti-bed bug mattress encasement and laundry bag

  • Do not bring used furniture into your room, especially if it was left on a curbside, you may be getting more than you bargained for

  • Put your bed on risers and do not keep it in direct contact with the wall

Bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of so remaining proactive is best, but if you are faced with an infestation of bed bugs in your college dorm room, EnviroPest By Sprague Pest Solutions is ready to help! For colleges and universities in Denver, Boulder and throughout Colorado, we offer canine bed bug inspection services and bed bug control to help you accurately identify, and then effectively get rid of bed bugs. Please contact us today for more information.