This notorious hitchhiker could be driving to your house with your student on break

READING, Pa., September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As students leave home and return to college campuses, many will travel with a particularly annoying hitchhiker: bedbugs. It is almost impossible to prevent bedbugs from being introduced into public spaces such as hotel rooms, schools and healthcare facilities, as the small insects hitchhike and can travel from place to place. The little pest can hitchhike by climbing into luggage, attaching itself to clothing, bedding or other personal belongings.

Bed bugs are brown in color and about a quarter inch in diameter, resembling an apple seed or lentil. The bloodsucking creatures bite and feed on people, leaving behind itchy red bumps on their skin. Known to be resilient, bed bugs can withstand extreme environments, surviving months without a blood meal, and living in temperatures ranging from near zero to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite their name, bed bugs can be found in chair cushions, couches, electrical outlets, or baseboards in college dorms and apartments. Many second-hand furniture that students will move into dorm rooms are also potential havens for bed bugs. In order to better protect students from the possible introduction of bed bugs, Thomas Dobrinskaboard-certified entomologist for Ehrlich Pest Control, offers information on where to look and what to do if you find bed bugs.

Where to look for bed bugs:

  1. Beds: Called bed bugs, the first place students should look is in the bed. Not only in the mattress, bed bugs can hide in the smallest cracks in the bed frame and also in the box springs. If the frame is wooden, check it carefully. Look through the mattress and check every crease and every gap. Students can purchase bed bug mattress covers for additional protection.
  2. Sofas and armchairs: Make sure sofas and chairs in common areas are free of bed bugs, which can hitchhike on people or their clothes and end up in bedrooms. Check furniture carefully and remember that bed bugs can be very small and look more like peppercorns or apple seeds than insects.
  3. Baseboards: Although bedbugs are infamous for being in fabric-covered objects, the pest will hide anywhere. This includes baseboards along the lower walls of a room, in electrical outlets, and behind anything else against the wall.
  4. Dressers: Bed bugs love to attach themselves to clothing to travel from place to place. Check drawers and look for lost bug skins. The small pest can hide in corners, pushed into cracks or on clothes stored there.
  5. Clothes: Piles of clothes, not uncommon in college dorms and fraternity houses, are the perfect places for bed bugs to hide. Make sure drawers, closets, laundry baskets and laundry rooms are free of bedbugs. Keep as much clothing as possible off the floor to reduce the risk of bed bug infestation.

What to do if bed bugs are found

  1. Students should immediately contact the resident assistant, facilities management, or housing staff for prompt contact with pest control professionals.
  2. If bedbugs are found in a bedroom, do not throw away clothing or bedding. Wash bedding and clothing at very high temperatures to kill bed bugs as well as eggs and larvae. Keep clothing and bedding in sealed bags to prevent the pest from returning.
  3. Keeping the bedroom clean is an important step in elimination and prevention, as bed bugs like to attach themselves to clothing. Remove laundry from the floor or hang up shirts, pants and other clothing to prevent the insect from taking refuge. Vacuum often to regularly reduce dust and debris.
  4. Raise the bed off the floor. Regularly clean bedding and inspect bed frames, especially if there is a wooden bed frame. Bedbugs hide in the smallest cracks or crevices in a frame.

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For nearly a century, customers have trusted Ehrlich Pest Control to protect their families, homes and businesses from pests and the health threats and damage they can cause.

Since its foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1928, Ehrlich expanded to serve United Stateswith more than 50 offices serving nearly 20 states and the District of Colombia. With its team of highly trained local experts, Ehrlich provides proactive pest control solutions through monitoring, prevention and maintenance. These solutions include general pest control, rodents, termites, bed bugs, mosquitoes, wildlife management, and TAP (thermal, acoustic, pest control) insulation services, and more. Ehrlich is part of Rentokil, the world’s largest pest control company. Rentokil and its companies, including Florida Pest Control, Western Exterminator and Presto-X Pest Control, provide commercial and residential pest control products to customers in United States and Canada.

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