Wichita State University – Bedbugs in Dorm

January 21, 2016 | by Ben Jordan | wkake ABC.com

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — A bed bug battle is going on between a Wichita State University dorm resident and the school.

Freshman student Londyn Bobbitt says she first found bed bugs in her Fairmount Towers dorm room back in November. Her room was treated, but now she says they’re back. The school says this time, the $800 bill to get rid of them is her responsibility.

“I was laying long ways and I was reading a book and then out of the corner of my eye, I just saw one,” said Bobbitt.

Bobbitt says she’s found about ten of the creepy crawlers in her dorm room over the school year.

“I’ve seen four this semester,” she said.

Bobbitt says she found out the hard way that bed bugs live on the blood of animals and people.

“The next morning I woke up to a rash on my face which turned out to be bed bug bites,” said Bobbitt.

She contacted the school’s facilities department twice about the problem. The first round of treatments were taken care of by the school. A pest control company came out for two rounds.

“They do both a chemical treatment and a heat treatment that they feel very confident eradicates all the bugs from the room,” said WSU Director of Housing, Scott Jensen

[Heat on bedbugs does just the opposite – bedbugs run and hide in the wall outlets, in cracks in wall, ceiling tiles and in closets.  Chemicals – poisonous – and bedbugs are resistant to them.  Bed bugs can hide and go without eating for 12 months!  Of course the poor girl still has them in her dorm.  She’s probably NOT the only person in that dorm that has bedbugs.]

Jensen says this is the first incident of bed bugs on campus over the past two years. His department told Bobbitt not to take any clothing or electronics out of her room, and anything she wears needs to be thoroughly washed.

“I did break protocol so-to-speak when I left, but this is only because when I spoke to them they didn’t say any of this,” she said.

“The fact that she has very clearly saying ‘yes, I didn’t follow the protocol to the T’, that leads us to believe that it was more likely than not that they came back from her than from this company,” Jensen countered.

Bobbitt insists there’s no way she brought the bed bugs out or back into her room.

“If I had they’d be in my parents house where I was,” she said. “I would be itchy and that’s not the case.”

For now, Bobbitt says she’ll continue to sleep on her desks and fight the university on this issue.

Bed bugs leave stains on your bed that look like small rust spots. Usually near the corners or edges of the bed.  [called BLOOD spots]

Also, look for red, itchy bites. You might see red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters on the skin, especially arms and shoulders.

Finally, bed bugs release pheromones which leave an unpleasant musty odor like a wet towel.


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