Bed Bugs: Prevention and Response

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Bed bugs are small reddish– brown oval shaped bugs. Their diet consists of blood. They are unable to fly and move about mostly by attaching on to fabric, old furniture, or bed linings. They have even been found to attach on to people’s suitcases while traveling.

Bed bugs tend to live about ten months. They are able to survive months without eating. Mature female bed bugs produce about eight eggs a days. These eggs hatch in about a week and are mature by two weeks.

One of the first signs of bed bugs that you may experience are bites. The bites tend to be small red bumps that appear in a straight line or in a clustered pattern. If you see any red welts on your skin or you see a bed bug make sure to talk with a Resident Assistant or your Area Coordinator right away. Due to the high reproduction rate of bed bugs it is best to take care of the issue right away.

Bed bug bits: little red welts in a row

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Checklist to help prevent bed bugs in your room:

  • Reduce clutter in your room
  • Discard boxes, cardboard and loose papers
  • Clean regularly
  • Make sure to vaccum carpets
  • Check the rim of your mattress at least once a month
  • Refrain from sitting on other people’s beds or from having people sit on your bed
  • Wash bedding regularly and dry on high heat
  • Use a mattress cover
  • Recommend no personal furniture containing wood or fabric
  • When traveling check your luggage before you bring it back into your room