There are many new groovy dorm essentials to have on your list when going to campus this year. Unfortunately some students will be carrying uninvited guests known as bedbugs. And they will spread quickly to those who have not protected themselves. It’s not your fault but you will be left with the problem if you do not pay attention!
Bedbugs were originally brought to North America by European colonists and their presence has been documented on the island of Jamaica since 1720.This is not a history lesson! O.K., you're right, it is! But one that will save you from blood, sweat and tears...and the ultimate humiliation.
“U.S. college campuses are really the perfect setting,” noted entomologist Richard Cooper. “We have large numbers of students coming from all over the country and, in fact, all over the world every semester, and it’s inevitable that somebody is going to bring bugs with them. And once the bugs are introduced, they can rapidly spread because of all the interactions students have visiting each other’s rooms.”
University Village Sucked Dry!
Colleges and Universities across the country are reporting a scary increase of bedbugs infesting dormitories, and the problem only gets worse when they hitchhike on their coed hosts going from room to room. They also travel very fast through cracks in the walls and electrical sockets.
One of the earliest newspaper articles about bedbugs in the US was from 1905 in which the writer describes clothes and mattresses “turned-out” in the sun and caked with eggs. With large numbers of students coming from all over the world it is inevitable that someone will bring bedbugs with them. Once the bugs are introduced, they spread rapidly with all of the interactions of students socializing in each others rooms. But how can anyone stop that from happening? Duh!
Dormitory Living in the 1950's
In the 1950’s because of the use of DDT, Bedbugs were believed to be extinct. It is believed that chicken farmers in 3 US states were the first victims of the latest outbreak. Workers unknowingly carried the bugs to their barracks and they spread from there. Bedbug populations in the United States have increased by 500 percent in the past few years and continue to grow year after year
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Stanford and Ohio State have had infestations and went so far as to clear out dorms. Texas A&M also had to spend a considerable amount of money to combat an infestation. Prevention is the key and the first line of defense if knowledge. The second line of defense is a mattress cover for bed bugs. If they can’t get in, they can nest. And if bedbugs are in, then they can’t get out to feed and they die.
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