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Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Our Little Friends
Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here A Basic Protocol Remember: it happens everywhere. It may be increasing as a problem. It is not possible to identify bed bugs (or their bites) unless you bring in an expert. Some people are more affected than others. Sometimes one roommate is bitten and the other untouched.
Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Once you suspect bed bugs you must isolate those affected and their belongings. The room must be inspected professionally. Immediately move students from the room to a new location. All clothes, bedding and bags must be put in plastic bags and then laundered or washed on the hottest wash cycle available. Only then can the belongings be allowed into the new accommodation. Other items including bathroom items should be bagged and remain in the room. Only clothing may be removed from the room. Housing authorities then must bring in an exterminator to fumigate the room, paying special attention to the mattress and bed surrounds, upholstery, chair bottoms, and carpets. You must follow the protocol provided by the exterminator closely.
Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Allow the exterminators to perform whatever inspections or follow up visits are called for by their protocol. As a further precaution some programs replace the beds and the bedding. This is recommended. Occupants can usually return to the room within 2 – 7 days, depending on the fumigation and the exterminator’s protocol. One preventative measure: tell students to never put their baggage or clothes on a bed or other furniture when traveling. Particularly when they are staying at a backpackers, youth hostel, or in a tropical environment.
Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Establish a relationship with a local exterminator. Have an alternative living space identified. Staff and students share a responsibility to ensure that the problem is actually bed bugs, before any treatment or remediation is undertaken. Once the problem is identified, the goal is to return the student’s room (and the student) to normal as quickly as possible.