With the start of a new academic year just around the corner, students from all over the country are preparing to move into student housing. While this is an exciting season, it is also when pest control companies tend to see an uptick in requests for pest control since multiple people sharing a building increases the risk of problems.
If you have a student attending a college and living on campus, you don’t want him or her to have any pest problems or to bring home any critters over breaks. It’s better to ensure that they know what to do so they don’t have to deal with pests at all!
Carefully Inspect Belongings
Your first opportunity to stop pests begins on welcome day. Pests such as spiders and cockroaches are often transferred from student homes to the dorm in their boxes and furniture. Students should carefully check each thing they bring into the building to make sure that it is free of pests.
Explain Proper Trash Disposal to Your Student
New students may be unfamiliar with the trash collection services provided by a residential facility, and the procedures may be different from what they do at home. Talk to your college student about taking their trash bags to the outside dumpsters so that waste does not accumulate in their rooms.
Encourage Regular Room Cleaning
In a small dorm room, tiny messes add up fast. Unfortunately, food crumbs and clutter create a suitable environment in which pest populations thrive. Encourage your college student to work out a cleaning schedule that ensures basic tasks such as sweeping and vacuuming are done regularly.
Talk About Proper Food Storage
Many dorms allow small kitchenettes and mini-refrigerators so that students have access to a quick meal when they cannot get to the cafeteria. As you talk about pest prevention, mention a few best practices for food storage. For instance, students should store dry goods in airtight containers made from hard metal or plastic that stop mice and cockroaches from being able to access the contents.
Call in the Pros to Get Rid of Pests for Good!
If your college student brings home unwanted guests, meaning pests, over breaks, our team of expert technicians at Alexandria Pest Services will work with you to create a plan to eliminate those pests. If you find that you are having a problem with insects, rodents, termites, or other pests and need an exterminator, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office! Contact us today to learn more.