The constant change in temperature can encourage rodents and other pests to seek shelter inside a building. While Facilities Services works to address the larger issue of pest control, there are things you can do to help reduce the chances of rodents and pests in your room. That starts with good sanitation: store all food in air-tight containers, do not leave dirty dishes in your room and keep your room clean of any crumbs, food particles and food wrappers. Also, keep all exterior doors shut (propping exterior doors is not only a policy violation but also an easy means for unwanted pests to access a residence hall).

The following pests have additional protocols.

Bed bugs

If you suspect or discover bed bugs, schedule an appointment with the Health Center. If the Health Center staff suspects bed bugs, they will notify residence life staff immediately. When residence life learns of a suspected case of bed bugs, we collaborate with Facilities Services and our licensed, experienced pest control management company to inspect the room and design a treatment plan. Residents must not attempt to treat the problem with over-the-counter bug sprays. Visit the Health Center's website to learn more about bed bugs.


If a bat is seen in a residence hall, contact Campus Safety at (319) 895-4299. Visit the Health Center's website to learn more about bats and the risks associated with rabies.