Are Your College Kids Bringing Home Bed Bugs from Their Dorm?

October 13, 2017By

When parents send their kids off to college, they rightfully have a lot of concerns. But, did you know that if your son or daughter is living in a college dorm, one of the things you should be worrying about is whether or not he or she is bringing home bed bugs?

Just a simple Internet search will prove to you that this problem is widespread, so much so that some colleges have adopted bed bug policies. But why are bed bug infestations so common in dorm rooms? Well, there are a variety of reasons, including:

  • Shared Walls.

Since dorm rooms are essentially one bedroom after another, most sharing walls with at least two other dorm rooms, it’s easy for bed bugs to spread. Your college kid may be practicing good cleaning and hygiene, but that doesn’t mean the kids next door are. And unfortunately, bed bugs like to spread and fester.

  • Mom’s Not There to Clean Up Anymore.

College kids are busy with academics, work and their social life. Which means, they may not be the cleanliest kids on the block, leaving stuff all over the place, including clothing on the floor. Since bed bugs can live in carpet, it’s easy for the bugs to spread to clothing, and from one person to another.

  • Joint Facilities Allow Bed Bugs to Spread.

Most dorm rooms don’t come with a private washing machine or bathroom, meaning your college kids are sharing these facilities with several others. Even though your kid may be keeping his or her room neat, doesn’t mean every kid on his or her floor is, allowing for bed bugs to spread to even the cleanliest of college kids.

  • Bed Bugs Hide in Luggage.

Since most college students bring some sort of luggage and store it in their room, that’s one more place where bed bugs can hide and fester. Toss in their clothes when they come home to visit, and suddenly they have a wardrobe full of these pesky insects – in your home.

  • College Students Are Always On the Go.

Aside from hitting the books, part of the college life experience is having an active social life. Since college students are constantly visiting movie theaters, other dorm rooms and fraternity houses, it’s easy for these infestations to spread from one location to another.

What Can You Do To Stop the Spread of Bed Bugs in Your Kid’s College Dorm?

When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is always key. Before you drop your kids off at the university of their dreams, make sure to talk to them about the importance of cleanliness and proper hygiene, to prevent bed bugs from spreading in the room.

Also, if you suspect you student has brought bed bugs back home from the dorm, call our bed bug specialists at Fischer Environmental right away for a consultation at (800) 391-2565. And don’t forget to have your kids’ call their university housing department to report their suspected infestation, too.

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