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The holidays are almost here which means your college kids are probably finishing up tests and then scrambling to get home for a break. But with all the last minute throwing together of luggage (which let’s face it, this is the reality) your kids could end up bringing home more than just a lot of dirty laundry. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and could easily find their way back into your home for the holidays. The reason that college kids are more prone to bed bug infestations is because they are typically living in a dormitory or other community living situation. And college dorms are almost like hotels in the amount of people coming and in and out and traveling often, especially during school breaks. Bed bugs can migrate which means that if one student brings bed bugs into the dormitory, it is possible that other rooms will become infested. The good news is that even if your college kid is not the most cautious while traveling in regards to bed bugs, there are a few tips that can help you and other like-minded parents avoid an infestation. Here’s what the Minneapolis pest control pros recommend:

  • Wash all clothing (clean and dirty) immediately once your child arrives home.
  • Use the hottest temperature allowed by the fabric when washing clothing. This will kill off live bugs and/or their eggs.
  • Inspect their luggage for any signs of bed bugs like skin encasements or the bugs themselves.
  • Vacuum out suitcases and bags just to be safe.
  • Do not bring any suspect item into the home until you are sure bed bugs are not present.
Even after the vacation is over and the kids have returned to school, it is important to continue to inspect your home for any signs of bed bugs as it usually takes some time for these blood sucking critters to make their presence be known. Look for small dark spots on bedding, light brown colored skin encasements, live bugs or dead bodies, and also look out for any itchy red bumps that you did not previously have. If you live in Minneapolis, Alexandria or elsewhere in Minnesota, the quad city region or anywhere in our large Midwest pest control service area, and believe that your home in has been infested with bed bugs then make sure to contact us right away! At Plunkett’s Pest Control we provide home pest services including bed bug extermination so that you can enjoy a pest free home through the holidays. Also, click here to visit our previous blog post on what college kids should not do if they find bed bugs in the dorms. From all of us at Plunkett’s, happy holidays and remember, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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