Bed bugs in student accommodation is a relatively common problem, and it is a good idea for students moving into new accommodation to be aware of the problem.
PESTUK advise all students to use a mattress protector as a precaution, particularly on older mattresses.
We’ve put together a useful list of what to be on the lookout for if you suspect bedbugs:
- Bed bugs bite at night
- The severity of the bite will depend on the reaction of the person being bitten
- Bites are usually on areas of the body that stick out the bed covers
- Bites can – but not always – cause a skin rash or itchy bumps
- Bed bugs are big enough to see with the naked eye – up to 1/4 inch long
- They are transparent tan/beige colour but turn dark brown/black, when fed
- Bed bugs are almost round, with 6 six legs and are very good walkers
- Bedbugs feed entirely on human blood at night when the victim is asleep
- Strange black spots on your mattress or sheet could be their dried faeces
- Blood spots on your sheet may occur when you roll over and squash a bug
- Bedbugs can travel quite easily in items of furniture and clothing
- Bed bugs live in mattresses and also crevices and joints of furniture
- Bed bugs are just as happy in clean beds
What you can do about bed bugs:
- As soon as you suspect there are bedbugs alert someone – the landlord, letting agent or university staff. Don’t be embarrassed – chances are they were there before you, and a concerted effort is needed to get rid of them.
- Inspect your room when you move in – it’s a good idea to check before you start unpacking
- Keep your room clean, and don’t leave dirty laundry lying around.
- Use a HOT wash for bedding if you suspect bed bugs
- Make sure you use a BPCA registered pest control company to help clear the infestation
- Don’t panic and don’t ignore them
PESTUK stock mattress protectors that are effective against bed bugs. The bed bugs are unable to get through the cover and onto the bedding, which will reduce the effect of the infestation as soon as it is fitted. It can take up to two weeks for bedbugs to die out after a treatment, so the mattress protector will provide additional cover during this period. The PEST UK Mattress protector is fully machine washable, and is also useful for protection against allergies, dust mites and general mattress hygiene.
For advice and information on buying a bed bug mattress protector for students call PEST UK on 0330 100 2811.