Students who are going to college for the first time or returning after summer break may find that there's more than one roommate waiting in their dorm room. Pest problems are rampant in student housing. At Lethal Pest Solutions, we've been exterminating pests in homes and commercial buildings for more than 50 years. Here are five of the most problematic creepy-crawlies that we find in college dorms.
Ants are among the most common and troublesome pests in homes and college dorms. They feast on crumbs from granola bars, pop tarts and other snacks that are stored or consumed in college dorms. Once the ants find food, they tell all of their friends. A few stray scouts can quickly create a full-blown infestation.
2. Bed Bugs
In the past few years, bedbugs have invaded college dorms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A summer without a meal doesn't phase these bloodsucking pests. They gorge on new residents as soon as the semester begins. Infestations spread continually when students carry the bugs back home during breaks.
Damaged or missing window screens allow mosquitoes, houseflies and gnats to sneak into college dorms. These flying insects are annoying, and some of them inflict irritating bites. Ladybeetles are problematic in the fall when students return to college. Even fruit flies can hitch a ride on apples and bananas. Once these insects arrive, they're difficult to control.
High-density student housing creates an ideal environment for roaches. Trashcans, drains and damp towels give roaches convenient sources of food and water. That's all that these pests need to thrive. Once they're established, they multiply quickly. Plus, cockroaches carry germs that they deposit on every surface that they touch.
Rats and mice also carry nasty diseases that are spread by their droppings, urine and saliva. Rodents will squeeze through any crack in the walls or foundation. They use utility lines and pipes as superhighways that take them to any part of the building where they can find food and water. With the abundance of food sources and hiding places in college dormitories, rats and mice frequently pester students.
Preventing Pest Problems in College Dorms
To avoid infestations, college students should report signs of pest activity to the university's maintenance department. By cleaning up food waste, removing trash and washing laundry frequently, students can prevent most pest problems.