Bugged by bugs? Most college students will have to deal with at least one communicable bug at some point. One common college parasite, the bed bug, is a miniscule reddish insect, which sleeps in your bed during the day and feeds on your blood at night. These bugs are most commonly found in places with a high turnover, like your dorm room, and in warmer locations. Bed bug bites are itchy and show up as small red bumps, often in a linear or cluster formation. There isn't a treatment for bed bugs, so much as there is a need to get rid of the places they may be living. Unfortunately, it may not be exactly obvious where they are hiding. Any sheets, clothes or other places that you suspect might be harboring the bed bugs should be washed in super hot water, frozen for at least 24 hours, or just thrown awayLice are another type of parasite. The louse, which is the singular term for lice, comes in three forms, each of which feasts on a particular body part. Head lice are sesame-seed sized grayish bugs, which attach to the hair shaft and lay eggs there. Sharing grooming products, or your headphones, may result in the transmission of head lice. Body lice are slightly larger and live in your clothing, waiting to feed off your skin. They're typically passed by sharing clothing and by extensive bed hopping. Finally, pubic lice are round, with three pairs of legs on either side of their bodies. They are spread via sexual contact and burrow into your pubic hair to lay eggs. Intense itching of the infected body part is characteristic of all three forms of lice, and a red rash may accompany body lice. Because lice are larger than bed bugs, they are also easier to see with the naked eye. If you suspect an unwanted hanger-on, visit the doctor to confirm what type of bug is living with you. She will recommend an over-the-counter itch treatment and/or an anti-lice agent to kill the invader. After your infection clears up, you'll also have to do a complete clothing and bedding overhaul. Wash everything in super hot water, or freeze your clothing for at least 24 hours. It's a lot of work, but communicable bugs, like an unwelcome party guest, will continuously show up if you don't give them the boot.