Going to university and moving away from home for the first time is an exciting endeavour, of course, but this new chapter in your life could well be sullied somewhat if you get to your student accommodation and find that you’re having to share your new digs with a few common household pests.

This is perhaps more common than you might well think, with new research from We Buy Any Home finding that there were 857 reports of rodent infestations at 14 of the top universities in the country between 2018 and 2021. 

On top of this, there were 272 issues with bed bugs and nearly 3,000 complaints about other pests, including carpet beetles, ants and wasps. Rats and pigeons were also found to be problematic, while one student had to deal with a squirrel… and another one came across a mole after they moved in!

Housing expert Terry Fisher was quoted by Wales Online as saying: “Dealing with these kinds of problems can be very unpleasant. 

“While communal living does bring with it some risk of bugs due to food being left out and areas such as the kitchen not being kept clean, any issues of this nature have to be addressed quickly before developing into something more serious.”

Landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties are fit for purpose and pest-free before they rent them out and it can be useful to have regular inspections carried out so that any potential problems can be sorted out before they become insurmountable.

If you’d like to find out more about UK disinfection services, get in touch with the friendly and experienced team here at The Exterminator Pest Control today.