Just like your own home, residence halls have plenty of places for small insects and mice to hide. Complaints we receive are given to our local contracted service. Often, however, the lifestyles of others may cause a problem in other’s space. For small infestation issues, you may consider purchasing consumer product traps or sprays.
TIP: To lower your chances of sharing an infestation, you should regularly clean up after cooking in rooms, remove trash, recycle cardboard boxes, do not leave scraps on the floors, and keep up with general house cleaning.
Almost each year, we have confirmed cases of fleas and flea bites because other residents keep unauthorized pets. Pets are not allowed. Too often, we are unable to trace problems to individual residents and rooms. Mice seek shelter and come into our halls just as readily as they would want to move into your basement at home. Common sense is a lethal weapon against pests. You can help manage and control infestations by avoiding situations like those mentioned above.
Bedbugs were believed to be altogether eradicated 50 years ago in the United States and elsewhere with the widespread use of DDT. Today, they thrive in places with high occupancy. Check your luggage before coming home or back to the residence halls, you will significantly reduce the chances of bedbug infestation. Although not strictly nocturnal, bedbugs are mainly active at night. If you get bitten, look very carefully around the mattress and bed to try to determine if it is bed bugs. Report the situation to your RHD/AHD or submit a maintenance request.
TIPS: Bedbugs can be killed by heat over 98 degrees Fahrenheit. If you discover bed bugs in your clothing or linen, immediately contact the community desk in your building.