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Posted by on 5/10/2011
It's that time a year for college kids to return home for the summer. As bed bugs invade more and more college campuses, there now is an increased chance your college student will be bringing them home to you.  What are some things you can do to prevent those blood-thirsty pests from becoming an unwanted guest in your home?
Packing up the Dorm Room to Come Home
  1. Have your child put all clothing, bedding and any items that can be laundered in dissolvable laundry bags.
  2. For other non washable items such as, books, shoes, electronics, DVDs and gaming systems ask your child to place them in large Ziploc Storage Bags.
  3. Any luggage, backpacks, or computer bags should be vacuumed if possible and then placed in a BugZip.
Once Your Child Arrives Home
  1. Place all items in the dissolvable laundry bags directly in the washing machine and be sure to dry on high heat for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Inspect all electronics thoroughly before bringing them inside the house, bed bugs can easily hide in these items. 
  3. Books and other items that can be laundered easily can be placed in a PackTite Portable Heater. You can also place items in the freezer in Ziploc bags for at least 5 days to kill any bed bugs and their eggs. 
  4. Store any unwashed items like suitcases, backpacks, and bags, in the garage or basement in a BugZip until they are ready for the return trip to college.
  5. Once everything is cleaned and inspected, place a passive bed bug monitor near the head of the bed and encasements on the mattress and box spring. Be sure to check the monitor weekly for little black spots (fecal spots of bed bugs) on the white skirt. The spots are a tell tale sign that bed bugs are present and most likely hiding in the monitor.

Whether or not you know that your child's dorm room is infested, it's better to take a few extra precautions to make sure that bed bugs are not brought into your home.  Once brought into the home it can cost thousands dollars and many treatments to get rid of them.


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