While bed bugs are not normally a problem at the University of Denver, we do have policies and procedures in place in case they are brought in by a resident. If you believe you have bedbugs in your room, please contact your Resident Director first, then take a look at this checklist to see what to do about them. Pioneer Laundry is available to help; here are instructions for using them for your laundry.
Here are some signs to look for that could indicate the presence of bed bugs:
- Waking up with red, itchy bug bites. Bed bugs are intermittent feeders and may feed, move to a new spot and feed again. A pattern of 3 bites in a row is a reported characteristic of bed bug bites.
- Dark spotting of walls, mattress, and other places where they hide.
- Blood spotting on bed sheets.
- Visual sightings of bed bugs. Adult bed bugs are flat and reddish brown in color, about 7 mm long
Here are some tips for proactive bed bug prevention:
- Reduce the number of hiding places – clean up the clutter! A cluttered room provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder.
- Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor. This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs can hide in laundry containers/hampers, so clean them when you do the laundry.
- Be extremely careful when buying used home items. Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. Consider this when buying used items and properly heat treat all clothing or bedding bought second hand (run through the dryer).
For additional information please see the Colorado Department of Health and Environment website.