Bedbugs turn up in lab/office space at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; extermination scheduled

The Republic
Friday, June 10, 2011

LINCOLN, Neb. - Authorities say bedbugs have turned up on the third floor of Nebraska Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A UNL spokesman says the bugs' presence was confirmed Thursday and extermination is scheduled for Friday.

They were found in a laboratory that is used as office space for the College of Engineering. Staff members will return to their workspace soon. No classes are held there.

UNL spokesman Stephen Smith says the bugs don't pose a major health threat, but the university wants to protect its employees.

In January, Lancaster County court offices and courtrooms on the second floor of the County-City Building in Lincoln were sprayed after a trained dog found an infestation.

Pest-control companies say the number of bedbug treatments has surged in the past few years.