The article linked below is labled “Bedbug U: How to avoid the blood-sucking critters at college ” offers great advice for college students trying to advoid picking up bed bugs at college.
The major one’s being this:
Six stepsto beat bedbugs
■ Douse things that can be washed — bed linens and comforters — in hot water.
■ Take a few minutes to perform a bedbug inspection. Examine the mattress from one end to the other, paying particular attention to areas around seams. If you see any telltale signs of the bugs — such as bedbug feces, which look like tiny spots of mold — get another mattress. Also, students should ask for replacement of a mattress that has holes in it that could become a home to bedbugs.
■ Do not go dumpster-diving for furnishings. Couches and chairs left by the curb were probably put there for a reason.
■ Use bedbug vigilance while traveling. Lift the top corner of a bedsheet and examine the top of the bed. Also, consider checking the screws around the headboard of the hotel bed, which can be a bedbug clustering hangout. Don’t leave your suitcases on the beds.
■ Consider purchasing mattress and box spring covers that guard against bedbugs. However, the bugs may still lurk in crevices such as the screw holes behind headboards.
■ Watch where you sprawl. Students may want to be more careful about where they sit to study, relax or nap between classes.When your ever not sure if you have bed bugs call 614-747-3463 to find out.