The University of Nebraska residence halls were hit hard with bed bugs last year, but UNL was quick to take action and use every measure necessary to handle the problem.
Over $450,000 has been spent to help eliminate and prevent problems in the future. Director Sue Gildersleeve says the whole situation was a learning experience. “In some ways it’s a positive experience so we’ve learned a lot and have processes and resources in place that were not available in Lincoln prior to this time,” she said.
With classes beginning in a couple of weeks, each room has been checked twice by dogs and will be checked once more before move-in. We spoke with students on campus to get their opinion on the upcoming year and whether they had any concerns.
“They heated them up to 120 degrees or whatever for five hours and I think that’d take care of them. In my opinion, I’m not too worried,” said UNL junior, Derek Christensen.
“I just kind of forgot about it so I’m not really worried about it for this next semester or this next coming school year at all,” said Emily Snell, a junior at UNL.
The Housing Center says the most important thing for the upcoming year is that students are aware. There are several steps students can take to help prevent bed bugs such as being cautious while traveling back to school and checking hotel rooms for bed bugs.
Also avoiding clutter in their dorms and keeping food cleaned up and off the floor. Gildersleeve says bed bugs are a part of life so if and when a case does arrive, UNL will be prepared. “I think it’s going to be fine. I mean, I think they did a really great job last year,” she said.
Each residence hall will be holding a meeting the Friday before classes start to make students aware and inform them on what to do if they suspect a problem.