If Yale can’t stop them nobody can! The Ivy League, Yale School of Medicine, has another BEDBUG infestation in dorm.

Sixth bedbug infestation hits grad dorm

April 5, 2016 | by David Yaffe-Belany and Victor Wang | Yale Daily News

A brewing controversy over the management of a series of bedbug infestations in a medical student dorm has forced the Yale School of Medicine to relocate dozens of visitors scheduled to arrive on campus this Thursday for an admitted-students event.

Around 30 admitted students were slated to spend the medical school’s Second Look Weekend, a three-day charm offensive designed to showcase the University’s appeal, in an on-campus housing facility that has suffered numerous bedbug infestations since October. The Medical Student Council met last week with administrators to ask that students be relocated to a nearby hotel after a new infestation was discovered Thursday on the eighth floor of Harkness Hall, a 172-bedroom complex located on Cedar Street directly across from Yale-New Haven Hospital. And in a Monday night email to the residents of Harkness Hall, MSC President Carrie Flynn MED ’23 confirmed that the students would stay at a local hotel at the expense of the medical school.

“Given the developing nature of this situation, we have decided that it is best to provide our accepted students with lodging in a hotel rather than Harkness,” Flynn wrote in the email.

She added in the email that the MSC plans to meet with Yale Housing and the Office of Facilities to iron out a more effective strategy for dealing with future bedbug infestations.

The infestation reported last week — the sixth since October — prompted the MSC to meet on Friday with the medical school’s Director of Admissions Richard Silverman and Admissions Administrative Assistant Barbara Watts to make the case for moving the visitors to a hotel. According to one MSC representative, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the topic, Silverman and Watts initially decided it would be safe to house the visiting students in Harkness, after receiving assurances from the building’s facilities superintendent, Robert Young, that the infestation was under control. Young declined to comment for this article.

But on Monday night, the admissions officers seemed to change their minds. The timing of the announcement coincided with the discovery of live bedbugs in the newly infested eighth-floor room during a follow-up inspection conducted on Monday.

“Although a careful examination of the room did not turn up any bugs, the exterminator decided to go a step further, and broke apart a plywood board that was under the mattress,” wrote Director of Graduate and Professional Student Housing George Longyear in a private email to a Harkness resident obtained by the News. “Inside the plywood board, bedbugs were found.”

In the same email, Longyear apologized for the stress the bedbug infestations have created for building residents and promised to do “everything possible to fix this situation.” Longyear did not respond to a phone call requesting comment on Monday.

The decision to relocate the visiting students to a hotel also came less than a day after News reporters contacted the medical school’s admissions department with questions about the admitted students slated to sleep in Harkness Hall.

“Admissions seemed to vacillate back and forth between taking Facilities’ word that everything was under control, versus our concerns that it isn’t,” said Kayla Isaacs MED ’19, a building resident who has closely followed the bedbug issue. “I don’t know if the impending Yale Daily News article was ultimately the reason they made this decision, but it certainly provided the situation with an extra tinge of urgency. It raised the stakes.”

Silverman and Watts did not return numerous emails and phone calls requesting comment.

Isaacs added that it would have been a public-relations “disaster” for the University to house admitted medical students in a building with a history of bedbug infestations.

“It makes no sense to take even a slight chance of having an admitted student bring bedbugs home from Yale’s Second Look,” Isaacs said. “Or to have admitted students discussing on [the online forum] Student Doctor Network the administration’s failure to protect them from unwittingly staying in a building with an ongoing bedbug problem that Admissions knew about.”

According to Harkness residents, the housing and facilities administrators’ inadequate response to previous bedbug infestations in the building raised significant doubts over whether the problem had been sufficiently contained. One resident, who said her room on the eighth floor became infested in October, complained that administrators have done a poor job communicating with residents about best practices for catching infestations.

The resident, who asked to remain anonymous because of the stigma attached to bedbugs, added that many students living in Harkness Hall feel the housing and facilities team has handled the problem with “mismanagement or even negligence.”

The resident described an incident in February in which administrators allowed a student whose room was infested to move to a different floor along with all her possessions, many of which were teeming with bedbugs. The decision to transport the belongings, which the resident described as “gross incompetence,” caused a new infestation on a different floor of the building. The student, who declined to comment on the broader bedbug issue, confirmed that her belongings carried the bedbugs to a previously uninfested floor.

“I believe Facilities is trying, but everything I’ve observed over the past few months suggests to me that they are in over their head,” the resident said. “We have been told multiple times that the problem has been resolved, only to have reports of a new room that has been affected. As far as I am concerned, if the problem is spreading, it is not under control.”

The first bedbug infestation in Harkness Hall was discovered on the eighth floor in early October. Two other rooms in the same hallway reported infestations a few days later, and a fourth was discovered in February. The fifth eighth-floor infestation was reported late last week in a different part of the same hallway that housed the first four infestations.

None of the visiting admitted students were slated to sleep on either the eighth or 10th floor of Harkness Hall. But the prospect of housing admitted students in any part of a building infested by bedbugs was apparently enough to convince the admissions office to move the visiting students.

It can be tremendously difficult to exterminate bedbugs, parasitic insects that feed on human blood and whose bites produce uncomfortable rashes. The insects, which reproduce quickly and can easily spread to adjacent rooms, thrive in bedspreads, clothing and the tiny nooks and crannies between floor and wall.

CT Pest, the pest-control company paid by the University to exterminate the bedbugs, used a heating treatment to combat the first round of infestations in October, in line with official University protocol. But the company switched to a different method to eliminate the later infestations, using the nontoxic silica dust pesticide to clear each room. Longyear confirmed in a March 2 email to a building resident that the Office of Facilities had revised its bedbug protocol after meeting with a prominent insect expert who recommended the silica dust approach.

Longyear told the same resident in an Oct. 15 email that bedbug outbreaks are generally “few and far between” at Yale.

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BedBugs…they’re back or never left? at this NY High School

March 31, 2016 | by Katarina Schmieder | WIVB News 4

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — 18-year-old Ryan Blair is a senior at Lackawanna High School. He says he is fed up with the bed bug problem at his school.
Ryan described what happened to his friend who allegedly was bitten during school. Ryan said, “Her neck was swollen because it looked like a mosquito bite, and it hurt her. At first, she said it didn’t hurt, but then it started to. She had bumps all over her hand.”Ryan says the girl was sent home after visiting the nurse’s office after her supposed contact with bed bugs, and says that sometimes when he gets home from school, he has some of the same symptoms.

He wishes more would be done about this problem. “It’s slowly becoming more and more of a problem in the school that we are finding more and more bugs, and it seems like the school is not recognizing it.”

On Wednesday, parents were put on alert by the school after staff found what appeared to resemble a bed bug at the school. The letter says even though they found a potential bed bug, it does not mean the building is infested. The letter goes on to say that the school has an exterminator to treat certain rooms.

Back in December, News 4 reported that the school warned parents and students after finding the bug in a classroom. But now, Ryan wants to know, why is this happening again?

He says, “It’s disgusting, and the fact that we are seeing bugs crawling around our school, not only that, but what if a student brings one home, it’s just going to cause problems all over the place.”

News 4 tried reaching out to the district superintendent for a comment, but have yet to hear back.

Below is a copy of the letter that was sent home to parents:

bed bug letter

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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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Dayton, OHIO – takes 5th for City with MOST Bed Bugs

January 7, 2016 | Dayton Business Journal

Oh, bed bugs, why don’t you just leave the Miami Valley alone. The pesky critters have evidently returned, at least in a report on the most bed-bug infested cities.

Dayton ranks No. 5 on the list by Terminix, which was created by compiling inbound lead data from the more than 300 company branches across the country.

Dayton returned to the list after not appearing on last year’s list of the worst 15 U.S. cities.

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October 2015…bed bugs disrupt school council meeting – bed bug sightings plague northeast Ohio – several schools

But Dayton is not the only Ohio cities contending with bed bugs, as the Buckeye State claimed five of the 15 spots.

This should be sweet news to area pest control workers, as well as house cleaners and mattress sellers.

The worst bed bug city is Detroit, followed by Philadelphia and Cleveland.

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Bed Bugs Chase Students Away. Is the Solution Leather Covered Mattresses?

Ghana

Mattresses Pillows Blankets bask in daylight to kill the bed bugs

January 8, 2016 | by Ivy Setordjie |Joy News

GHANA — Teaching and learning activities at some senior high schools in the Volta Region may soon grind to a halt as bed bugs invade students’ dormitories.

The blood-sucking insects have infested the beds of students, rendering them useless to sleep in.

The situation has driven the students out of their dormitories, who have resorted to using the school’s lawns and dining rooms in their quest to find a suitable place to lay their heads.

A student of Mawuli Senior High School said sleeping in the open has also exposed students to snake bites.

He said the situation is frustrating.

According to the Volta Regional Education Director, Alexander Buadi, fumigation exercises are carried out at the end of every term at the various schools in the region, but the bugs may have developed a resistance to chemicals.

[TRUTH:  bed bugs are resistant to pesticides.]

[FALSE:  leather covered mattresses are solution.]

Mr. Buadi suggested that using leather covered mattresses may serve as a lasting solution to the problem.

In December over 1,700 students of the Ada Senior High Technical School at Sege in Ada West have gone on Christmas holidays with several skin injuries from bedbugs’ stings.

The students of the school had had to battle with bedbugs that had been hiding in their beds and mattresses throughout the first term, and managers of the school told The Chronicle that the school could not fight the smelly stinging insects because their coffers were empty. The invasion of the bedbugs in the students’ heavily congested dormitories forced them to sleep on the floor.

Others spend the night under untreated and small mosquito nets on the verandahs, thereby exposing the students to malaria spreading mosquitoes.

Ada Senior high Technical is a mixed second-cycle institution and the female boarding students, like their male counterparts; sleep on the bare floor or on the verandah of the dormitories because of the bedbugs.

Several days of drying the beddings and mattresses in the sun, in a bid to ward off the blood-sucking tiny insects did not yield the needed results, thus some boarding students, at a point, had to opt for day schooling. Others sought for transfers. Some teachers, who sleep in the schools, are not excluded from the bedbugs’ attacks. Sharing their frustrations, Madam Dorcas Naana Wobeson, Assistant Head, Administration, explained that the situation was very alarming and one the school could not deal with. She explained that the cost of fumigating the entire school could not be borne by the school, which is handicapped financially.

The PTA’s priority for providing more sitting spaces for students disabled them from fumigating the school to kill bedbugs and other insects and animals that cannot cohabitate with humans.

The Ada West Education Directorate and Education Directorate and Education Ministry was called upon to help fight the invasion of the bedbugs in the school, before the students and teachers returned from the Christmas vacation.

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