Many news reports in recent months have focused on the
discovery of bed bugs in hotels and public-use facilities.
A bed bug is a small insect that feeds on the blood of
mammals, very similar to a mosquito. Bed
bugs most often feed on people at night while they are asleep in their beds. Their bites
leave small white to red welts, and the bites itch intensely. For information on bed bugs, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/publications/bed_bugs_cdc-epa_statement.htm
We would like to keep infestations out of DePaul. To do so we rely on our residents to follow the below prevention tips:
- Purchase a mattress encasement.
- Do not bring
"found" furniture from dumpsters or curbside into the residence
- Eliminate clutter.
- Launder your bed
- Vacuum every day.
- Bed bugs can be killed by heat over 98 degrees. If you are suspicious of being exposed to bed bugs, wash clothes/linens in hot water and dry them in a
- Report a
pest control concern immediately to your Facility Area Coordinator
To avoid bringing bed bugs back with you from break travel:
- Inspect the bed in your motel/hotel. Take the sheet and pull it
back and look at the folds and seams of the mattress. Check the mattress pad for signs
of blood spots about the size of a pencil point.
- When packing to
leave, check your clothing and luggage for signs of the small
- If you get bitten while staying in a motel/hotel, look very
carefully around the mattress and bed to try to determine if it is bed bugs. Report the
situation to motel/hotel staff.
- Empty your suitcase and wash your clothes immediately when you arrive home, and dry them.
If you take care to check out the
areas where you stay and check your luggage before coming home or back to the residence
halls, you will significantly reduce the chances of bed bug
If you have pest control concerns in your room, visit your area office or submit a work order IMMEDIATELY to report a potential problem. Housing Services has protocols in place with our Facility Operations department and our pest control vendor to manage any perceived reported cases.
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