Bed Bugs

Pests are a fact of life! With increased international travel and reduced use of pesticides, North America is experiencing an increase of bedbug occurrences. Found in fine hotels, hostels and college and university residences, bedbug infestations are becoming a common occurrence.

Bed Bug Travel Recommendations (PDF Document – opens in new tab/window) Facts to remember about Bedbugs:
  • Although a nuisance, bed bugs are not a health threat
  • An adult bed bug is approximately the size of an apple seed
  • Bed bugs bite – bite marks may appear in rows and clusters
  • They are most active at night
How to reduce the risk of getting bedbugs:
  • Eliminate clutter
  • Regularly vacuum your room and mattress
  • Launder your linens and clothing (using high heat when possible)
  • Be aware of the signs of bedbugs when you are staying in hotels or vacationing and always launder your clothing when you return.
Think you’ve got bedbugs in your room? Here’s what to do:
  • Visit your service desk (Commons or Mary E. Keyes lobbies) and speak to a Housing Assistant.
  • Find a sample and place it in the ziplock bag provided from the service desk. Be sure to label the bag and alert the desk that you have a confirmed sample.
  • Plan to stay in your room. It’s important to remember – if you stay in a friend’s room, you could be passing the problem along!
Next Steps:
  • Within 24hrs of reporting a bedbug has been found, a representative from the Pest Control company will complete a thorough inspection.
  • If bedbugs are found to be present you will be required to:
    • Remove and launder all bed linens and clothing. Bags for your laundry will be provided along with a courtesy laundry card.
    • Clean your room to eliminate clutter to facilitate and improve the effectiveness of the treatment
    • Leave your room for 5 hours in order for the treatment to be completed; it is safe to return after this time. A follow-up treatment will be scheduled two weeks later.
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Please note: if bedbugs are confirmed, you will not be relocated due to the increased risk of spreading the pests, and no refund or reduction of residence fees will occur.