UNL To Inspect Every Dorm Room For Bed Bugs
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
University of Nebraska-Lincoln leaders said Wednesday they plan
to inspect every dorm room for bedbugs after finding them in 25
residence hall rooms.
"We are doing everything possible to address the problem," said
Juan Franco, vice chancellor of student affairs. "We're encouraging
our students to be partners in this situation with us."
UNL Housing and Facilities Department staff held a news
conference to address the growing problem of bedbugs in student
rooms and residence hall commons areas. The university has spent
nearly $20,000 tackling the infestation since the first report,
which came after students returned from Christmas break in
That cost reflects payments to pest control experts but does not
include university staff overtime.
The cost is likely to rise as UNL staff plan to hire or buy more
bedbug-sniffing dogs like the one that has inspected rooms in
recent days. However, the university is struggling to find more
trained dogs. University staff also has purchased eight "heat
bags," at a cost of $400 each, into which they can place items to
The university also purchased a $7,000 carbon dioxide machine to
freeze bugs. Staff estimated the cost of purchasing equipment,
including heaters, to treat up to three rooms at a time at least
$90,000 but offered no definite cost for eradicating bedbugs from
all residence halls.
"Frankly, the biggest concern for us right now is to take care
of the problem," Franco said. "We'll pay whatever it takes to get
The university's student newspaper, Daily Nebraskan, called for
Housing Director Sue Gildersleeve to resign Tuesday over reports
that her office attempted to hide at least one incidence of bedbugs
in a resident assistant's room. Franco said Wednesday that
Gildersleeve has handled the bedbug situation appropriately and
never had asked anyone to lie.
"She has my full support," he said.