Dogs Sniff Out Bed Bugs In 149 UNL Dorm Rooms
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The total tally of bed bug infested dorm rooms at UNL is now up
to 149. Bed bug sniffing dogs have checked more than 2,000 dorm
rooms, indicating 149 of those rooms had bed bugs.
"We've taken a very aggressive approach and sought resources across
the country," said Kelly Bartling, a UNL spokesperson. "The bed bug
dogs are difficult to find and in high demand, we've had them flown
in from all over the country."
There are less than 1,000 rooms left to check, and UNL says the
search will be complete by next week.
"No one can say there will never be bed bugs, we know that bed bugs
are here, they are everywhere," said Bartling.
"In my opinion its going to be very difficult I'd be very
concerned," said Greg Warren with Enviro-Tech Pest Services. "Just
think about how many places students go to a day. I think it could
be an ongoing battle."
Warren says he thinks the university needs to pre-treat all the
dorm rooms, to get ahead of the problem, and prevent the bed bugs
"We hit the cracks and crevices (with chemicals)," said Warren. "It
lasts about two months and as the bed bugs get into the residual it
kills them off."
The university opts for heat treatments.
"What we would do is take the dog over there and see if they're
there," said Bartling. "If they are then we would go ahead with the
more effective heat treatment."
So far the university has spent at least $150,000. Each heat
treatment is $1,000, plus the cost of the bed bug sniffing dogs and
some equipment the university has purchased.