Is your dorm room making you a little itchy? If so, you could be dealing with bed bugs. As the plague of bedbugs spreads across the United States, the problem has spread beyond hotels, and crowded cities to retail stores, movie theaters, and yes, even college dorms… or should I say, especially college dorms.
So far numerous colleges are reported to be dealing with or to have dealt with the creepy critters:
Texas A&M University
University of Florida
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount
Portland State University (off campus rentals)
Brigham Young (Hawaii)
University of Manitoba
San Diego University Library
Northern Kentucky University
George Washington University
University of Central Missouri
New York University (NYU)
University of Alberta
Mc Gill Univeristy
College of New jersey
Fordham (Satellite dorms)
.. and these are just the ones that have been reported. It’s not a stretch to imaging that college would want bed bug problems kept quiet. As reported in the comments section of an article on bed bugs at John Jay College, “I know the bug issue was kept quiet for quite some time. The Investigation of the bugs was initiated on Friday, the 18th. The college community was not informed of this till Wednesday, the 23, which is when I was bit. My bites were actually dismissed by administration because of the craziness going on, they thought everyone would think they have been bitten.”
Just because your college is not on this list does not mean there has not been an infestation. Also, just because there has been an infestation, does not mean it remains that there will still be one. Colleges tend to have pretty successful methods of eradicating bed bugs. However, an influx of new (international, and heavily traveled) students also means a possible influx of new bugs.
Students must be vigilant about not bringing bed bugs into dorm rooms as well as in inspecting dorm rooms when they move in. They should educate themselves on products they can use to prevent bed bug infestations as well as tactics they can take to make sure an infestation never creeps up on them. By using products formulated to prevent and detect bedbugs and creating habits that will keep your room pest free, you will be better able to sleep at night.
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