1. Pest Tips for Dorms

If you work for a college or university with campus housing, you understand that there are a variety of pests that could invade each of your facilities. From ants to rodents, each of these pests pose a potential threat to your students and your campus. 

Many pests commonly discovered throughout dormitories threaten, not only student retention but also student health. Here, we will discuss the most common dormitory pests, along with how you can take a few steps to ensure you are protecting your facilities from them. 

Most Common Dorm Pests

Tips To Control Pests In Dorms

These are just a few tips that we would recommend to better manage a pest situation in dorms. These tips alone will not singularly solve your pest problems and should not replace a current IPM protocol. If you currently have a pest problem, please contact a pest professional for assistance. 

  • Place many public trash cans around buildings on campus and ensure that your staff empties them daily
  • Keep dumpsters at least 50 ft away from each building 
  • Ensure that leaks are quickly reported and fixed
  • Ensure that window screens are checked each season for tears
  • Install door sweeps on all external doors
  • Educate Residential Assistants (RA's) and advise them to regularly inspect dorm rooms for risk factors such as trash and storing food in unsealed containers. 
  • Educate Residents on the importance of a clean facility

To assist in educating your residents of the importance of keeping the facility clean, download the PDF for Dorm residents by completing the form. This 1-page download is easy for you to provide to your RA's to place around the facilities or email to your residents. 


Contacting A Pest Professional

American Pest has been protecting colleges and universities across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. from ants and other pests for almost a century. With our experienced technicians and access to the latest pest elimination technology at our disposal, we can solve any pest problem you may be facing.

If you’re an administrator or other higher education professional that wants to create a pest-free environment for students, contact American Pest today to find out how regular treatments can keep your campus protected.

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