Industry News




 

07/24/2012

Back to School for Bed Bugs

 
Students are not the only thing moving into dorm rooms and college campuses this season

According to Paul Curtis, B.C.E., Director, National Accounts Service Quality for Terminix, universities and colleges throughout the country are being challenged with bed bug activity -- many getting un-wanted media attention as a result.   He offers the following observations on what facility managers can do to address parents’ and students’ growing focus on bed bugs and dormitory living

Pursue a higher level of education.  “Not surprisingly, education is the number-one step that many schools stress when it comes to bedbug prevention,” says Curtis.  “And I agree.”  Information posted on bulletin boards, school websites and newspapers helps students recognize signs and avoid actions that may increase exposure to bed bugs. Equally important is dissemination of guidelines on what students should do if they suspect bed bug infestation in their dorm room or belongings. 

“Schools have different policies, and it is important that students know what they are,” explains Curtis.  “The sooner bed bug suspicions are reported, the sooner the problem can be contained and resolved.”

Many schools, particularly ones that have had heavy or repetitive infestations, conduct regular internal education for staff and have their own inspection and treatment programs in place.

Not a job for the undergraduate.  Curtis notes that the worst case situations are those in which students are embarrassed to report bed bugs and hesitate to take action for an extended period of time. Equally challenging are situations in which students attempt to treat the problem themselves. 

Stoy Hedges, an entomologist with Terminix, cautions that bed bug infestations are not something that students or colleges should attempt to handle on their own.  A recent report in the Journal of Economic Entomology reported that over-the-counter foggers have been proven ineffective and are not recommended for use in cases of bed bug infestation.

Terminix uses a process called RapidFreeze in which a patented nozzle transforms liquid carbon dioxide into a dry ice “snow” that effectively freezes and kills bed bugs in fewer than 60 seconds. The artic-cold air blast (-80°C) penetrates cracks and crevices.  It can be used just about anywhere and does not damage electrical components.

Share the responsibility.  Curtis points out that students and parents are more concerned about getting bed bugs at school than bringing them to school. Students and parents have high expectations about what the school should do to protect them. In fact, the problem can go both ways.  Schools typically are limited in what they can do or not do about students’ personal belongings relative to bed bugs. 

“In general, students should be provided with information on bed bug identification, biology and how to inspect,” says Curtis. “Students should keep personal belongings secure and contained until they have performed a thorough inspection of the dorm, paying particular attention to the area around the bed.” 

The room and the student’s shoes should be vacuumed thoroughly, more than once. Student clothes and bedding should be laundered before placement in the dorm, especially if students use public transportation to get back to school.

Students should avoid using second hand furniture, unless it has been sanitized properly. Used mattresses should be encased with a bite-proof encasement before being introduced to the room. Students should inspect shared items regularly, and examine the dorm room carefully after having visitors. Any suspected bed bug evidence or activity should be promptly reported to the school.

Open registration for bed bugs. Bed bugs don’t typically observe the school calendar and can matriculate into facilities at any time during the school year – and beyond.  “Bed bugs can show up at any time, and will tend to be most active when there are hosts present,” says Curtis.  “More hosts equals more activity. Certainly there is less activity reported when there are fewer students, and more activity reported when there are more students.”  Curtis suggests that school staff perform inspections and treatments during breaks or holidays when there is less possibility of displacing students should treatment be necessary.

As for students returning from semesters abroad, the same steps should work no matter where they traveled. “Know what to look for, inspect, sanitize or launder personal items and bedding, vacuum suitcases and shoes before entering the room, and report any suspected activity promptly,” add Curtis

 


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

The Department of Energy has released two reports which indicate wind turbine installations and efficiency is growing while prices drop. 

08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

Page 1 of 45
FirstPrevious[1]2345678910NextLast

Sponsored Links