Univesity Housing Pest Control

Bed bugs flourish in places with high occupancy levels and turnover rates such as on-campus dorms. These pests are commonly introduced to resident halls by hitchhiking from another location on items including luggage, bedding, and furniture. Due to the increasing resistance of bed bugs to pesticides over the years, university housing facility managers have recently found the most success in investing in bed bug heat treatment equipment to eradicate bed bugs in residence halls.

A highly recommended bed bug heat treatment equipment package for use by university maintenance managers is the Thermal Remediation® EBB-60kW trailer package. This turnkey package includes (6) 460V electric bed bug heaters and a John Deere diesel generator along with other important heat treatment accessories neatly stored inside an enclosed double axle trailer. This equipment package allows for the treatment of up to 2,100 square feet of bed bug infested space making it ideal for treating multiple dorm rooms simultaneously.

Prior to the bed bug heat treatment, content within the dorm room space will need to be assessed to ensure the space is properly prepared. Clothing on hangers may be left in closets if the space between the items is large enough to allow the heated air to circulate. Clothing in dresser drawers can remain in place unless the clothing is tightly packed in which some items will need to be removed.

Before a Bed Bug Heat Treatment, Place the Following Items inside a Refrigerator:

  • Perishable Items
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Cosmetics
  • Soap
  • Plants
  • Perfume
  • Candles
  • Lotions
  • Medications

University bed bug heat treatment equipment technicians should ensure heated air is directed at certain items during the treatment. Bed frames are a main element in dorm rooms to concentrate on during a heat treatment. Wood bed frames that sit flat on the floor will need to be lifted up off the ground. Metal bed frames are less of a threat than wood bed frames but both require the mattress to be propped up when the temperature in the dorm reaches 130-135°F. A couch or chair, especially those made with felt fabric, in a bed bug infested dorm room should have a high temperature fan pushing heated air directly onto it during the treatment.

Special attention should be paid to certain key areas within a dorm room when performing a bed bug heat treatment in university housing facilities. Rubber baseboards are often found in dorm or block structure buildings and are a major harborage for bed bugs. These baseboards should be removed in high infestation areas otherwise bed bugs will burrow down behind the rubber baseboards in the creases of the block. It is also better to seal most cracks and crevices with caulk, than to try to get the area to temperature. Caulk behind built-in beds, behind built-in shelving, and along the side of windows. It is very important to remember when heating a space with cement or hard floor surface, that you place the heater on insulation to keep the floor from taking in the heat required to warm the room.

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A variety of Thermal Remediation® bed bug heat treatment equipment packages are available from portable heater packages to all-in-one truck and trailer packages that include an on-board generator. Each package can be customized based on your unique needs.

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