By now, almost everyone has heard about bed bugs. These pests are making quite a name for themselves through news and social media. But there are few people who know what bed bugs actually are.
This insect, known scientifically as Cimex lectularius, still has a stigma attached to it. There are many who still believe that bed bugs only live in dirty places with dirty people. This is not the case at all. They will live anywhere they can get a blood meal. And, where there is more food, there are sure to be more of these blood-eating pests. That is one of the reasons colleges and universities are increasingly dealing with bed bug infestations.
Bed bugs are also hitchhiking bugs. They do not crawl across campus landscapes and squeeze in through exterior walls. They are brought in by students. This can make dealing with bed bugs seem like a futile effort to faculty, staff and residential assistants. But, with proper education and a solid pest plan, bed bug infestations can be stopped before they begin.
All faculty, staff and residential assistants must be given an understanding of how bed bugs spread, what they look like and what signs they leave. When a student shows up to class with red, rashy welts, that look as if they were created by one bug traveling across the skin, faculty should be aware that these bites are usually the result of a bed bug infestation. When an RA has a student come to them worried that they may have bed bugs, it is important to have a plan in place that will reassure the student that everything is under control. It doesn't take much for bed bugs to create unnecessary hysteria.
It is vital to have ongoing bed bug inspections, but these can be invasive when done by a human inspector. That is why Witt Pest Management relies on trained bed bug-sniffing dogs to locate areas of infestation. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and are able to use their noses almost like an x-ray machine. They can smell bed bugs in all stages of development quickly, and without disturbing the items or the people in a room. In fact, people love it when they meet our fluffy pest inspectors.
Protecting colleges and universities from these reputation damaging pests requires a proactive bed bug plan developed by a pest company with the certifications and education to offer professional and effective solutions. Let the QualityPro certified team at Witt Pest Management help your college or university set in place a plan of prevention and targeted control measures that will reassure everyone that your school is a safe place to be.