Whether they are staying in a hostel or a five-star hotel, college students who are traveling for spring break should check for bedbugs. No matter your destination, bedbugs can easily affect your spring break getaway.

When it comes to bedbugs, traveling is what they do best. These seed-sized pests feed on human blood and can easily find their way into your personal belongings. Upon your return from break, you will want to take the following precautions:

  1. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to bedbugs, avoid all upholstered furniture.
  2. Place your luggage in your dorm or apartment bathtub immediately upon return.  If possible, vacuum your entire suitcase inside and out, paying careful attention to tight seams and zippers.
  3. Transport all of your clothes in plastic bags to the laundry room. Dry all of your clothing on the hottest dryer setting possible for 30 minutes to kill any bedbugs that may be lingering on your clothes.
  4. Keep an eye out for bedbug bites. Check your mattress and upholstered furniture for blood, insect fecal stains, and the bugs themselves.

If you suspect that you have a bedbug infestation, let your resident assistant or landlord know immediately.

Fortunately, a bedbug problem is entirely controllable under professional care. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, our licensed exterminators will inspect your home’s environment and construction to identify the problem and determine the best course of action. If you discover that bedbugs hitched a ride home with you after Spring Break, encourage your landlord to call us at 1-800-524-8544 to make an appointment.