PUBLISHED ON September 25th, 2012
Student dorms can be a paradise for pests. With the freedom college students enjoy while they’re away from home, it’s all too easy to let go of clean habits – and this is exactly what pests want. Oregon pest control companies find that they answer many of the same campus complaints as Seattle pest control experts: bed bugs, rodents and ants. By learning how infestations happen, you can take steps to prevent them.
Leaving your laundry on the floor occasionally won’t cause mice to automatically gravitate toward your dorm. The problem can start, however, with other types of messiness, such as:
Ants and mice are all too happy to dine on the scraps of whatever food you’ve eaten. Plus, unkempt bookshelves and desks, as well as messy closets, make the perfect nests for bed bugs and rodents.
If you discover any leaks in your dorm room or bathroom, including water seeping through a window when it rains, report them to your residential advisor or area coordinator. Oregon pest control companies find that critters tend to flock to sources of water.
The scary thing about bed bugs is that they’re great hitchhikers. You can easily infest your parents’ house by accidentally introducing a bed bug from school, and vice versa. Because bed bugs can quickly infest a dorm room, inspect your room regularly for signs of them, such a small spots on your bed linens, mattress or along the wall. Ways to prevent a bed bug infestation in your dorm include:
1. Immediately report the discovery to the school’s residential life office, your area coordinator and the residential advisor. The residential life office should contact an Oregon pest control expert, while the dorm’s area coordinator and residential advisor should take steps to start controlling the infestation.
2. Clean and vacuum your room, take out the trash, throw away old food and wrappers, place unspoiled food that doesn’t need refrigeration in lidded plastic containers and encourage those on your floor to do the same.
3. Take the initiative to make sure the floor’s laundry room and kitchen area are clean. Encourage your peers to clean their dirty dishes.
4. Let the experts handle baits, traps and products that may contain chemicals.