Largely eradicated as pests in the developed world in the early 1940s, bedbugs have seen a resurgence over the last several years. While we have worked diligently to ensure this is not an issue for our students, the UE campus is – like any other – not immune to this problem.
Here are the steps to follow if you suspect bed bugs:
Contact the Facilities Office
Any student concerned about his or her residence having bed bugs should immediately contact Residence Life staff and the Facilities Office at 812-488-2775. Evening and weekend concerns should be reported to Residence Life Staff and Campus Security.
Do not move possible infestation to another room.
Students are asked not to relocate to another room until their room can be inspected by the University's exterminator. This is CRUCIAL so that we can prevent the spread of bed bugs.
If a student needs to sleep elsewhere due to a reaction to bites, they are required to wash and dry whatever clothing is needed for the night. Upon doing that, the student should shower, put on clean clothes, and seal soiled clothing in a plastic bag until it can be properly washed. Students must take only clean clothing and linens to the temporary room. This is to ensure that if there are bed bugs in the student's room, they do not travel to another room with the student.
Students should not clean their room or belongings until an inspector can determine if there are any signs of bed bugs. If possible, students should try to retrieve a sample bug with clear tape for the exterminator to examine.
Exterminator should inspect the residence.
While not required, students are encouraged to be present during the inspection by the exterminator. A University official from either Residence Life or Physical Plant will be present during all inspections.
Students may not, at any time, deny the exterminator or Physical Plant staff access to their living spaces (including bedrooms, common area, kitchen, bathroom, etc.) Since bedbugs are treatable, Residence Life will not facilitate permanent room changes for these situations.
If the exterminator cannot find any evidence of bed bugs…
The exterminator will not chemically treat the room if there is no evidence of bed bugs present; however, a glue board may be installed to monitor activity. The student will be asked to continue monitoring his/her living space, and to notify Physical Plant immediately if there are further concerns.
If the exterminator confirms the presence of bed bugs…
If the exterminator concludes that bed bugs are present in the residence, Physical Plant and Residence Life will provide the affected student(s) with a detailed list of instructions for the removal and laundering of their personal items.
The University relies on the assessment of the exterminator to identify signs of bed bugs in any residence. Bed bugs are a serious community issue, and ALL students are expected to comply with instructions given to them if bed bugs have been confirmed within their living space.
For more information or questions regarding procedures to address this issue, contact the Director of Residence Life at 812-488-2956.