So often college kids are given advice on what they should do so here at Plunkett’s Pest Control we are bucking that trend and want to offer up a few pearls of wisdom regarding bed bugs and what you should NOT do. The new school year is quickly approaching and it won’t be long before students wipe the tears out of their eyes, kiss the parents goodbye (yes, that is sarcasm) and head back to campus to hit the books. Unfortunately, students may not be the only ones inundating colleges this time of year. Bed bugs are also likely to show up and once present, these tiny, blood sucking creatures can easily make their way into dorm rooms and spread very quickly. So whether or not you want them, bed bugs could be a problem that you have to deal with this semester. The most common signs of a bed bug infestation are as follows:
- blood spots on bedding from them feeding on your blood
- fecal spots left behind from feeding on blood
- light brown colored skins that are shed as they grow
- live, or dead bugs themselves which are about the size of an apple seed as adults
- Do not vacuum up the bed bugs and call it good.
- Do not kill the bugs you see and leave the problem unreported.
- Do not let the problem go for days, weeks, or months without telling school authorities.
- Do not leave your room cluttered with clothing, towels, and belongings on the floor as this will make it harder to identify a bed bug infestation.