College Planning & Management

AUG 2012

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>> Maintenance, Repair & Custodial Care hitchhiking nature, which allows them to easily go from home or hotel to school and residence halls), how to recognize bed bugs and evidence of infestations and bites, responsibilities and roles regarding bed bugs and school response, and actions to reduce the risk of future infestations or in- cidents. Most importantly, administrators should interview and retain an experienced professional pest management company so that they are prepared in case of a bed bug incident, as they will need to react quickly to get a handle on infestations. Taking a proactive and organized approach will afford administrators an advantage in responding to bed bug infestations. Preventing Future Infestations Because of bed bugs' elusive and hitchhiking nature, coupled with the atmosphere in residence halls, future bed bug infestations can be diffi cult to prevent. However, with proper protocol, infesta- tions can be detected in short order and minimized. Following are some suggested actions: • Recognize that staff and students may live in bed-bug infested homes or that students returning to school from spring break or other travel may unknowingly bring the pests in their luggage. Establish a perma- nent inspection and monitoring program to identify new bed bug introductions before they spread; including, but not lim- ited to, common living/gathering areas, regular residence hall rooms, classrooms, lockers, and even school bus checks. • Consider arranging periodic inspections by a pest management professional to check areas where bed bugs have previously been found, as well as other areas that may harbor the pests. • Provide information to all students and their parents about the importance of eliminating bed bugs at home, as well as guidance on how to avoid bringing the bugs to school. • Encourage students who live on campus to reduce clutter in their rooms. Also encourage students who come back from trips to inspect luggage outside prior to bringing it inside their residence halls. • Inspect residence halls thoroughly after students have left for the summer, when rooms and beds are empty and bare. • Discourage students from bringing second- hand furniture into residence halls, as bed bugs have often been found in old couches and chairs. If they must, educate them about the importance of thoroughly check- ing the furniture before bringing it inside. The Bottom Line Bed bugs, unfortunately, aren't going away any time soon and colleges are likely to continue experiencing infestations. Although pest professionals have a variety of treatment options at their disposal and can successfully eliminate bed bug infesta- tions, awareness and vigilance among students, staff, administrators, and even parents can go a long way in curtailing bed bug incidents on college campuses. CPM Missy Henriksen is the vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. The NPMA, a nonprofi t organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food, and property. For more in- formation about pests and prevention tips, please visit The Weather Outside Is Frightful When winter storms hit campus, prompt and adequate snow and ice removal are imperative for the safety of everyone on campus. Are you ready? by BRIAN BIRCH of the most diffi cult and stressful work maintenance or facilities supervisors will manage throughout the year. The seasonal challenges range from managing a crew or number of crews and large storms with T 34 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / AUGUST 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM he removal of snow and ice during winter months in North America can be some PHOTOS © KYLE WAGMAN

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