Bedbug Protocol Ursinus College Collegeville_ PA 19426 by malj

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									                                                                 Bedbug Protocol
                                                                  Ursinus College
                                                           Collegeville, PA 19426
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  I.   Introduction
       Bedbugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded
       animals. In the late 1990s, a resurgence of bed bugs in homes, dormitories, hotels, and
       shelters was noticed throughout the world. Much of the comeback is due to the removal
       of DDT, a pesticide previously used by exterminators to control bedbugs. Infestations of
       bedbugs are not a reflection of poor hygiene or bad housekeeping and do not transmit
       diseases to people.

 II.   Scope
       The Ursinus College Bedbug Protocol covers all Residence Halls on campus.

III.   Identification and Response to Bed Bugs
       Students who think they have been bitten by bedbugs should be directed to the Wellness
       & Counseling Center for verification. If verified, the Wellness & Counseling Center will
       notify Facilities Services and Residence Life. Facilities Services will contact the pest
       company to perform an inspection of the room. If bed bugs are found, the room will be
       treated. The rooms above, below and on either side will be inspected and potentially
       treated. At least one or more follow-up inspections will be required depending upon the
       infestation. The second treatment generally occurs four weeks following initial treatment.
       Residence Life staff will meet with the affected students to review protocol and answer
       questions. If new bites are found following treatment and verified by the Wellness &
       Counseling Center, Facilities will contact the pest company for further action.

IV.    Treatment Preparation/Responsibilities
       Good preparation is critical to treatment success. Cooperation of affected students,
       Facilities Services, Residence Life, cleaning services, and the pest company is crucial to
       controlling and eliminating bed bugs.
       A. Affected students
          1. Turn on all electronics (TVs, laptops, air conditioners, stereos, etc) while packing
             up the room - the heat generated by these appliances will kill any pests in the unit.
          2. Bag all cloth belongings (clothing, bedding, wall treatments, wall hangings, throw
             rugs, shoes, stuffed animals). Take the bagged belongings to a dryer and dry on
             the highest heat setting for 30 minutes. Place cleaned items in NEW plastic bags.
             Dispose of the old bags in an outside trash can.
          3. Inspect any clothing or cloth items/shoes that can’t be dried for pests and bag.
          4. Remove pictures, posters, and any other wall decorations from walls. Inspect for
             pests and bag.
          5. Empty closets, dressers, bed stands, entertainment centers, hutches, and any other
             enclosed furniture. After visually inspecting removed items, place the items into
             bags or lidded, plastic tubs. Bags and tubs must remain in the room until after
             treatment.

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                                                                 Bedbug Protocol
                                                                  Ursinus College
                                                           Collegeville, PA 19426
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          6. Move furniture and belongings towards the center of the room – 3’ from the walls.
              Do not attempt to move items that are too heavy for you to handle.
          7. Take pets (fish) with you...
          8. Flip through all papers, notebooks, books, etc to make sure there are no pests
              before removing them from the room.
          9. Remove all cardboard boxes from the affected spaces and place outside of the
              building in the designated spot determined by Facilities/Residence Life.
          10. Personal care items such as combs, barrettes, and toothbrushes do not need
              treatment.
       B. Facilities Services
          1. Move remaining furniture 3’ away from the walls.
          2. Loosen tacked down carpet around the perimeter of the room so the carpet can
              flop over 1 foot.
          3. Remove wall plates (light, date, switch, outlet).
       C. Residence Life
          1. Coordinate with Facilities Services and affected students to prepare for treatment.
          2. Hold house/hall meeting to review protocol and answer questions.
          3. Provide alternate housing for affected students, if needed. Best practice is to
              keep occupants in the same room to avoid the spread of bed bugs.
          4. Notify RAs in affected areas and areas were residents are moving.
          5. Assist with moves, replace/offer temporary bedding as necessary, and reimburse
              students for dry cleaning.
          6. Ensure students keep valuables in their possession or send them home.
 V.    Post-treatment

       A. Affected students
          1. Ensure all bedding and clothing has been properly laundered and placed in new
             bags before returning to rooms.
          2. Go to Wellness & Counseling Center if new bites appear for verification.
          3. Return bedding to Residence Life Staff.
       B. Facilities Services
          1. Remove mattresses as recommended by the pest company due to heavy
             infestation and replace with new mattresses. Dispose of mattresses in the regular
             trash dumpster.
          2. Re-set room
       C. Residence Life
          1. Collect used bedding, take it to Athletics to be cleaned, and then store.
          2. Coordinate key distribution and return.
          3. Notify RAs.
       D. Cleaning services will vacuum all spaces following their own cleaning protocol for
          bed bugs after each treatment.




August 2010
                                                                 Bedbug Protocol
                                                                  Ursinus College
                                                           Collegeville, PA 19426
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Click on the links provided below for more information.
http://www.bedbugcentral.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedbugs/DS00663

http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm




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                                 Ursinus College Bed Bug Information Sheet


This document provides answers to common questions asked about bed bugs and how the College will react in the event
of a visit from these bugs on campus.

General questions

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, brownish, wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. They are about
¼ inch long and relatively flat.




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                                    Immature Bed Bug                    Adult Bed Bug

How come I’ve never heard of problems with bed bugs until this year?

Changes in pest control practices, increased international travel, and fewer pesticides available to control bed bugs are
some of the suspected reasons why bed bug problems are on the rise again.

How do bed bugs get into the residence halls?

Bed bugs are brought to campus by people who have come from a location where bed bugs were present. They hitchhike
on your luggage, backpacks, and other similar items.

Do bed bugs come from unclean/unkept homes, hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, etc?

No, having bed bugs in your space is not a result of poor sanitation and/or poverty. Social status and home cleanliness
doesn’t matter.

Do bed bugs transmit diseases to humans?

No, there is no evidence that bed bugs transmit diseases to humans.

How can I prevent bringing bed bugs to campus or home?

Education - know how to identify bed bugs. If you have suspect bites, get a doctor to check them. Do not bring furniture
and bedding discarded at the curb to campus. While traveling, check your room for signs of bed bugs – seams of
mattresses, box springs, and dark spotting on sheets. Put your luggage on the luggage rack provided in the hotel room –
avoid placing luggage on furniture or the bed. Hang your clothing rather than placing them into the drawers provided.
Upon returning to your residence hall/home, thoroughly inspect your luggage prior to entering the building for bed bugs.
Put all your clothing into the washer or dryer on high heat for thirty minutes.




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                                  Ursinus College Bed Bug Information Sheet


So you think you have bed bugs….

What should I do?

Do not panic.

If you see a suspect bed bug, put it in a Ziploc bag or sealed container and take it to Facilities Services for evaluation.
Please do not sleep in another person’s room or go home. Doing so increases the potential for you to spread the bugs.

If you have suspect bite marks, go to the Wellness & Counseling Center for consultation.

What happens when bed bugs are confirmed?

Facilities Services contacts the College’s pest control company. The pest control company evaluates the affected room(s)
and determines the course of treatment. Occupants will be given instructions on how to deal with clothing, electronics,
and other items in the spaces.

Should I throw my belongings in the trash?

No, keep everything in your room. Removing items prior to treatment may further spread the bugs.

        1. Turn on all electronics while packing up items in the space – the heat generated will kill the bugs in the units.
        2. Bag all cloth belongings including clothing, beddings, wall treatments, wall hangings, throw rugs, shoes,
            stuffed animals, etc. Take the bagged items to a dryer and dry the items on the highest heat setting for 30
            minutes. Place the cleaned items in NEW plastic bags. Dispose of the old bags in the outside trash.
        3. Inspect any clothing or cloth items/shoes that can’t be dried for bugs and bag.
        4. Removed pictures, posters, and any other wall decorations from the walls. Inspect for bugs and bag.
        5. Empty closets, dressers, bed stands, entertainment centers, hutches, and any other enclosed furniture. After
            visually inspecting removed items, place the items into bags or lidded, plastic tubs. Keep bags and tubs in
            the space until treatment is completed.
        6. If physically able, move furniture and belongings towards the center of the room – 3’ from the walls.
        7. Take fish with you.
        8. Flip through all papers, notebooks, books, etc to make sure there are no bugs before removing from the
            space.
        9. Remove all cardboard boxes from the affected spaces and place outside of the building in a designated spot
            determined by Facilities/Residence Life.
        10. Personal care items such as combs, barrettes, and toothbrushes do not need treatment.

Will I have to vacate my room?

Residence Life will re-locate students providing enough empty beds are available. Otherwise, affected students will have
to leave the room during the pesticide treatments. Any items not needed should be kept bagged for the duration of the
treatment period – approximately 4 weeks to ensure any bugs located in the items are dead.

For further information, click on the links provided below:



http://www.bedbugcentral.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedbugs/DS00663

http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm
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