What You Should Know About Bedbugs
A worldwide problem. Bedbugs are a growing, worldwide problem emanating from increased global travel and decreased use of pesticides. Bedbugs have been found in five-star hotels, college residences, hospitals, and virtually all other types of housing throughout the United States. We are fortunate to have experienced no bedbug cases since the issue resurfaced on a large scale in the United States a few years ago.
What are bedbugs? Bedbugs are small, flat, oval, wingless insects (about one-fifth of an inch) that crawl at a steady rate and are visible to the naked eye. Similar to mosquitoes, bedbugs bite humans to feed on blood; however, unlike mosquitoes, they do not transmit disease. Hardy creatures that can live for up to 18 months without feeding, bedbugs can withstand extreme temperature changes. Being nocturnal insects, their daytime hiding places include crevices, bed frames, mattresses and box springs, behind electrical outlet covers and picture frames, inside drawers of furniture, within pleats of curtains, in clothes discarded on the floor, and in other spaces where they are not easily detected. They are called bedbugs because they thrive best in beds where people sleep. A rash or bite mark with accompanying blood spots on linens are typically the first signs of a bedbug presence.
How are bedbugs brought onto campus? While bedbugs are generally not carried on your person, they can be transported in personal possessions such as bedding, suitcases, backpacks, boxes, and furniture.
How will Averett University respond to a bedbug occurrence? Averett University takes any pest situation very seriously and has implemented a comprehensive pest management program to deal with cases when they are brought to our attention. We employ a licensed, experienced pest control management company, whose employees are trained to identify and eradicate a variety of common pest. If a bedbug case is confirmed, we will immediately relocate the affected guests. Our pest management company then inspects all personal items in the affected rooms and, subsequently, bags them for transport. Clothes must be laundered or dry cleaned. Except in very unusual cases, all personal items are returned to guests as quickly as possible. Fully understanding the undue stress and burdens that bedbug issues can create for affected guests, our priority is to restore their personal possessions as quickly as possible.
What is Averett University doing to prevent bedbug issues from arising? In addition to our response protocol to individual cases, Averett University is engaged in ongoing proactive measures to prevent and contain future cases. Averett has replaced all mattresses over the summer. We have also initiated new inspection procedures to identify bedbugs after students and guests move out, but before new students and guests move in.
What You Should Know About Bedbugs
What can you do to help? Though bedbugs have not been reported at Averett , we need your assistance to avert and contain any future/potential cases. As bedbugs can be brought into buildings through peoples' belongings, the following are measures you can take to help with this issue:
Our commitment to you. We hope that the information appearing in this fact sheet provides you with a better understanding of this problem, the actions Averett University is taking to address it, and what you can do to help. Providing a safe living environment for our students and residential visitors is Averett University's highest priority. Averett University is committed to doing everything practicable to manage the impact of this worldwide problem on our campus.