Students React to Bed Bugs Found in The Village Residence Hall

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The bed bugs are still biting. A UNL residence hall official says they found the pesky creatures in two more rooms.

In an online post Director of University Housing Sue Gildersleeve says officials found them in a student lounge and a dorm room in The Village.

The Village dorms are apartment style designed for single, upperclass, graduate students or non-traditional freshman.

The residence hall is coed and online housing information does not list how many students live in the building.

Gildersleeve says the bed bugs are being treated.

University officials found bed bugs in a cork board in Abel hall earlier this week.

Gildersleeve wrote a letter to students online about the bed bugs problem and how the university is addressing it.

She says, "There is no reason to believe other rooms are affected."

Gildersleeve adds, "Understand that bed bugs are a serious concern for facilities everywhere. During the last decade, there has been a significant increase in bed bug infestations in the U.S. The reason for this recent upsurge is unknown--it affects not just homes and hotels but businesses and offices. Many other universities have had bed bugs showing up in their university housing."

The letter also includes information on what students should look for, how bed bugs are treated and where they come from.

To read the letter click on the link to the left.

Meantime, some students are a bit worked up over the news. Makesha Carter says she doesn't like bed bugs one bit. She said "All of my friends are like- ugh, don't even talk about it because I'm getting freaked out right now. I'm just like 'let's just avoid this topic.'"

Freshman Aaron Hilton lives in one of the buildings where bedbugs have been found. Hilton said "I live in Abel and I guess there have been some reported cases. I've seen them in the school newspaper. And when I moved in, I had my sister check the mattress to see if there were any bed bugs in there"

Hilton said he feels lucky to be bed bug free and he's doing everything he can to keep it that way. He said "I think it's pretty gross. I don't think I'd let just anyone in my room at this point in time because I don't want to get infected with bed bugs."

While some students are already taking action to prevent bed bug infestation, others say they are waiting on more reports before they become concerned.

Senior Scott Broberg lives in The Village where bed bugs have been most recently reported. He said "I'm not taking any special precautions. If I find a bite, I'll probably report it, but I'm not going to die or anything. Broberg added " If it happens to my roommate I'll probably be worried but until then, I'm not too worried."

Meantime Carter, a Schramm resident added "It freaks me out a little bit, but there's not much I can do about it. I'm just trying to avoid the Village and Abel right now."