Second Bedbug Case Reported In OSU Residence Halls

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 9:51 am
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright, The News On 6

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA -- An Oklahoma State University official says that for the second time in a week, bedbugs have been found in one of the school's residence halls.

OSU Director of Housing Matthew Brown tells The Oklahoman that a bedbug was found Tuesday in a family housing residence. He says adjacent rooms have been inspected and there's no indication any bedbugs traveled to another room or building.

Within the past week, he says bedbugs also have been found in a dorm room on the ninth floor of Drummond Hall.

"We heard about them before we got here and then some girl actually had them, so we were like wow, that's disgusting,"said Suzann Pascoe, an OSU freshman.

"Our parents are paying too much money or we're paying too much money to be living here and to be living in something so disgusting," Chelsea Edwards, an OSU freshman said.

Brown says thermal remediation is being used to rid the rooms of the bedbugs.  OSU says a thermal heater brings the room temperature up to 120 degrees. Brown says the five-hour process kills the bugs and mold. Workers then are spraying pesticide in the rooms.

"You get the room hot enough, you're going to kill the bed bugs," said Kevin Shelton, Pesticide Safety.

Dr. Brad Kard, part of OSU's Department of Entomology, said the cases reported this week were minor.

"We have proactive individuals, housing authorities that go ahead and address the problem immediately and solve it before it becomes a crisis," he said.

Kard said most college campuses are ideal bed bug breeding grounds, but he's confident OSU will avoid infestation.

"As far as a campus wide outbreak, we do not have anything like that at this time," he said.  " And we're not going to allow that to happen."

Dr. Kard recommends students wash their bedding often and reduce the clutter in their rooms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.