Bedbugs are spreading like the plaque. No one is safe from this scourge, especially college students. For this reason, students 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.
Don’t bring bed bugs into your dorm with you. If you spent the summer traveling, have had an infestation at home, you need to make sure you don’t bring any bugs into the dorms with you. You can prevent packing bedbugs by packing your clothes and items in a room you know is not infested with bedbugs, even if that means packing in the kitchen or garage. Make sure everything you are bring with you has been freshly laundered, and put through a hot dryer cycle. Seal everything in plastic. Space Bags and plastic bins are your friends. Store your packed items in the garage until you are ready to leave. If you are bringing any well traveled luggage with you, it is to be inspected carefully, and even pest treated for extra insurance. Never, ever, bring an item off the street (sofa, etc) into your dorm room.
Check your dorm room for bedbugs before you move into it. Before you bring a stitch of your items into the dorm room, inspect the room for bedbugs. Turn over the mattresses, check in all of the nooks and crannies of the mattress and bed frame with a flashlight. Look not only for bugs, but tiny blood spots, and black specks. If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately to dorm authorities. Check dressers and closets as well.
Take preventative measures to make sure any possible bedbugs in the room are removed. Bring a vacuum with you and vacuum your mattress, vacuum all the corners of your dorm room, vacuum your drawers, (if you can get there first, vacuum your room mates stuff too, or try to get them to do it). It is a good idea to inspect the discards from the vacuum to make sure no bugs were picked up.
Purchase a bed bug prevention items to prevent future infestations. A climb up insect interceptor will let you know if any bugs are coming out at night and trying to get into your bed. They are little bowl type traps that you put under the each bed post. If any bugs are trying to climb up into your bed, they will fall into the trap and where you can spot them. Also purchase special bed bug mattress covers that are made to trap bugs inside and restrict movement so they can die without getting to you.
Make sure future bed bugs are easy to spot. Just because there were no bedbugs in your room when you moved in, doesn’t mean they won’t hitch a ride into your room from another student. To make new bugs easy to spot, you should avoid dorm room clutter at all time. Everything should always be put away neatly, eliminating hiding spaces for creepy critters. Avoid wall clutter too, as a plethora of posters and pictures on the wall would make it super easy for bedbugs to hide. Instead choose wall decor that adheres directly to the wall, like cling-ons so no bugs can get behind them. You should also consider having solid color bedding, as light as you can stand so if something is creeping you will see it more easily.
Prevent bed bugs from getting into your clothing and other items. It may take a bit of extra work on a daily basis, but the only way to keep your items pest free is to keep them sealed. Use hanging dress bags in your closets to protect your suits and dresses. Use plastic bins with lids in our drawers. Use space bags and more sealed plastic bins under the bed. The best part of such a sealed up room is that when it is time to move, you are already packed.