Bed bugs discovered in 2 Highlands rooms, officials say cases are isolated

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Early Wednesday morning, rumors crawled around Edinboro University’s campus regarding possible bed bugs in the Highlands.

According to Jim Dahle, director of EU safety and risk management, the two confirmed cases — in Highlands 3 and 6, in two rooms — have been isolated. 

Though bed bug concerns can be disruptive, Dahle said: “The university averages about 10 bed bug concerns a year. Out of those 10, about two are confirmed. The data shows that we actually see bed bug activity — confirmed bed bug activity — to occur after there was a break period, at the beginning of the semester.”

Dahle continued: “So that’s actually why we are seeing it now. Students have left for break, traveled, went home, went someplace. And now, they’re arriving with their clothing, their bedding, and so we are starting to see this activity.”

Boro Living sent an email to students at 1:14 p.m. on Wednesday, telling them that if "you require additional information, please contact Residence Life and Housing at 814-732-2818 or email boroliving@edinboro.edu."

According to the CDC: “Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms.”

Bed bugs are a nuisance, but not a health and safety hazard.

According to the CDC, “Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found.”

“When we treat (for bed bugs), we treat with our exterminator (Ehrlich Pest Control) who comes in and does a series of three treatments. And as he treats, he inspects the room again to make sure the room activity has decreased or gone.”

As of Jan. 22, the treatments have not yet begun; this is due to the need for all of the students' affected personal items to be removed from the rooms.

Students whose rooms are affected are moved into another suite while treatment is underway, as the three rounds of treatment can take about a month to complete. They are then given the option if they want to move back into their original suite.

According to the CDC, “They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed.

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