If you're going to be heading off to college this year, it's time to start preparing for the transition. If you're going to be living in the dorms, the transition will require a bit more planning. While you're busy making plans for dorm life, don't forget to plan for bedbugs. You probably don't want to think about bugs in your dorm room, but it's something that you need to take seriously. A single bedbug can lay up to 12 eggs at one time. Once those eggs have hatched on your bed, they'll each continue mating until you have an infestation on your hands. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent bedbug infestations in your dorm. Here are three steps you can take to keep your bed bug-free.

Cover Your Mattress

When it comes to keeping bugs out of your bed, the most important thing you can do is cover the mattress. Bedbugs love to hide in the creases and seams of your mattress. Once they're hiding, they can be difficult to find. Sealing your mattress in a bedbug-proof cover will prevent infestations. For maximum protection, you should treat your mattress before you cover it. Fill a spray bottle with water and add about ¼ cup of liquid bleach. Spray both sides of your mattress with the solution and allow it to air dry.

Create a Separate Seating Area

If you're going to be living in the college dorms, you're probably going to be having a lot of friends coming through your room. Unfortunately, there's no way of telling which one of those friends is carrying small hitchhikers on their clothing. To prevent accidental infestations, make sure your bed remains a "no-sitting" zone. Creating a separate seating area in your dorm room will ensure that bedbugs don't travel to your bed when your friends sit down to lounge.

Know the Warning Signs

Because bedbugs are so small and hide in your mattress, it can be difficult to find them. Luckily, they do leave some warning signs behind. If you see any of the following signs, you should contact a bedbug pest control service as soon as possible.

  • Small spots of dried blood on your sheets
  • Red, inflamed bites on your lower extremities
  • Egg sacs along the seams of your mattress

Now that you're moving on to college, don't take chances with bedbugs. Use the tips provided here to identify and control bedbug infestations.