Bed bugs are a growing problem in all types of living situations. If you have seen bugs or have itchy bites that could be from bed bugs don’t panic, but seek help.
Contact the Facilities Department at 973-408-3510. They will send over someone to determine if you have bed bugs. If you see bugs, capture them on sticky tape or on a tissue and store them in a plastic bag in a freezer for identification. Insects found where you live could be one of many things. Don’t assume that they are bed bugs. Do not remove any belongings until confirming you have bed bugs.
Bed Bugs – Basic Information
What are bed bugs?
- Bed bugs are small wingless insects with piercing-sucking mouthparts.
- Similar to a mosquito, bed bugs bite and suck blood.
- They are oval and flat and range from 1/16 to 1/8 inches long.
- Bed bugs are hard to see, but leave signs behind when looking for them.
- Bed bugs are “hitchhikers” and are often picked up while traveling (spring break, away programs, etc.) from hotels and resorts in luggage and laundry.
Are bed bugs harmful?
- Bed bug bites consist of a raised red bump or flat welt, and are often accompanied by intense itching similar to mosquito bites.
- They are not known to spread disease.
- Except for allergic reactions, there are no health implications.
How do I prevent bed bugs?
- Bed bugs are “hitchhikers” and are often picked up while visiting another student’s room or when traveling, so always be on the lookout for bed bug signs when visiting or traveling.
- Bed bugs can be carried from one area to the other on or in your clothing, luggage, and other belongings.
Where do I look for signs of bed bugs?
- Check bed seams, frames, and area around the bed.
- Bed bugs 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.
What do I do if I find bed bugs?
- Do not try to diagnose or treat the problem yourself.
- It’s important to take care of the problem before the infestation gets worse and/or spreads. The process to eliminate bed bugs is lengthy and requires your full cooperation.
- Wash your clothes in hot water or place them in a dryer on high heat for 30 minutes. Bed bugs can be killed in less than a minute or two by heat over 120 degrees.
- Do not try to get rid of bed bugs yourself. It takes a long process to get rid of infestation and by treating it yourself; you may actually make the situation worse.
If It Has Been Confirmed That You Have Bed Bugs
Prepare to follow the instructions given to you by the Facilities Department. Your cooperation is absolutely necessary to assure that they will be eliminated from your room. You will be relocated to another room. Leave all bedding material behind. Linen, pillow and blankets will be available in the temporary room. Take only those things that you are absolutely sure do not carry any bed bugs. The Facilities Department will be calling in an exterminator to kill the bugs in the room. You will have to clean all of your personal things however. The following steps should be taken to eliminate bed bugs from your cloths and personal affects:
- Seal all clothing, linens, and personal belongings in large, clear plastic bags. Clear bags are good because bed bugs can be seen inside them. Do not use cardboard boxes as bed bugs can hide in folds and may deposit eggs.
- Wash and dry all clothing in hot settings. Drying on “high” for at least 30 minutes is more important than washing to kill bed bugs.
- Wash and dry bed sheets, blankets and pillow cases at high temperatures.
- Shoes, pillows, curtains, coats, plush toys call all be place in the dryer at a medium to high temperature.
- Pick up and organize all other personal belongings to reduce the amount of clutter in the room.
- Access to walls, closets, space around the bed and furniture is necessary for the exterminator to inspect and rid the room of bed bugs.
- Vacuum and wash all personal rugs and other belongings.
- Dispose of vacuum bags immediately after as they may contain live bed bugs.
- Do not use over the counter “bug bombs” or insect killer on your own because you may spread the bed bugs further into your living space and belongings.
- Keep cleaned items separate from items that have not been checked or cleaned.
Prepare to follow thorough instructions given to you by the Facilities Department. The process to eliminate bed bugs is lengthy and requires your full cooperation.