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Dealing with BedBugs - Students

A presentation for Oklahoma City Univeristy Students
by Jeri Jones on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Dealing with BedBugs - Students

Dealing with BedBugs
Why are we talking about this?
What do I have to do with this?
What will the University do to help?
BedBugs 101
How are they getting on campus?
Anyone can get bed bugs, they do not discriminate between age, race or income.
In most cases, people carry bed bugs onto campus unknowingly – in infested luggage, furniture, bedding, or clothing.
Once they are on campus Bed bugs may also travel between rooms through small crevices and cracks in walls and floors.
So what exactly are BedBugs?
Official name is Cimex Lextularius
Wingless insects that feed on blood
Feed solely on the blood of warm-blooded animals preferably humans.
Came to North America in the 1700’s from Europe
Largely eradicated in the 1940’s and 1950’s through the use of DDT
Three stages: egg, juvenile, adult
Small but visible at all stages
Usually found in beds
Can be found anywhere in a room
Can not fly or jump
Can run fast and climb
What are the risks?
Bites - must bite to feed on blood
Reactions to bites vary widely
Most common symptom is itchy welts
Scratching welts may cause infection
BedBugs have never been shown to pass disease to humans
What do bites look like?
Bites look similar to other insect bites
Usually bite exposed skin but can bite under loose clothing
Most often bite at night in the dark
Under stress may bite during the day, this is especially true of stores and classroom settings.
How do I keep from getting them?
Be aware when you travel
Don't put your luggage on or near the bed.
Treat your bags and clothes as infested when you come home.
Check your home every once in a while.
Check for bloodstains on your bed
Check crevices of your mattress.
Be suspicious of bites.
Wash donated clothing on HOT before wearing
Do not pick up discarded items on the street
Inspect any used furniture or other purchases
You are being given this training because you are vital in our fight against infestation.
Following the Treatment Protocol, including washing ALL clothing/bedding
Communicate with staff about the situation and any future bites, outbreaks or any allergies you may have.
Understand that it may take multiple treatments to solve this problem.
All we ask that you do is if you see something that reminds you of this training, or have someone report bedbugs to you, contact housing staff immediately.
Providing proper pest management services for the University areas affected.
Communication with the resident about the treatment process.
Housing will provide vinyl sealed mattress covers or a replacement mattress whichever is most appropriate.
Housing will provide a vacuum after the room has been treated by Oklahoma Pest Control.
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