Students encouraged to be on the lookout for bedbugs over break

Bedbugs are becoming a growing issue in the United States, and they are affecting many colleges and universities across the country. Bedbugs are "hitchhikers" and are often picked up while traveling from hotels and resorts in luggage and laundry. They can also be picked up when visiting friends’ rooms or apartments.

Several schools have reported some level of infestation. Penn State is taking a proactive approach to prevent bedbugs from showing up in residence halls. Students need to be on the lookout for signs of the undercover critters in their rooms, and help campus sleep tight every night.

How do I prevent bedbugs?

-- Bedbugs are "hitchhikers" and are often picked up while visiting someone's room or when traveling. Always be on the look out for bed bug signs while on Spring Break this year.

-- Bedbugs can be carried from one area to another on or in clothing, luggage and other belongings.

Where do I look for signs of bedbugs?

-- Check bed seams, frames and the area around the bed.

Bedbugs leave dark red spots in mattresses and can hide out in tight crevices in dressers, bed frames and floorboards.

-- It's important to check first and avoid infested rooms completely.

If you suspect you have bedbugs call your area Housing Office immediately. The earlier the problem is treated the easier and quicker it is to treat.

For more information, visit Housing's bedbug website: http://www.hfs.psu.edu/bedbugs/.

 

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Last Updated February 28, 2012