Housekeeping and Pest Control
Living in any multi-unit dwelling creates the potential for problems with pests, mold, mildew, and other issues within your residence. Fortunately, the University of Evansville offers several services to help students handle these problems should they develop.
If a problem already has developed, though, please take the following steps:
Mold and Mildew
Please notify the Physical Plant at once by placing a work order through Web Advisor, or by calling (812) 488-2775. Treatment will be provided as needed, so please be specific regarding the location and type of problem.
Pest Control Problems
If a pest problem develops in your residence, please immediately notify the Physical Plant by placing a work order through Web Advisor, or by calling (812) 488-2775. Please be specific regarding the type of pests seen, and the location where you saw them.
Prior to treatment, please follow the guidelines below to prepare for your Pest Control Treatment (Bold = Required):
- Make sure that all food items are either in sealed plastic bags or sealed in the refrigerator
- Remove all items from counter tops and place into sealed containers or sealed plastic bags
- Remove all items from inside cabinets and place into sealed plastic bags or a sealed container
- Remove all silverware, dishes, pots, or pans and place into sealed plastic bags or a sealed container
- Clean cabinets and countertops prior to treatment
- Make sure that there is one foot of clear space around the entire perimeter of the room or apartment, so that the baseboards can be treated
- Vacuum and/or clean all floors prior to treatment
- Remove all items stored under beds.
- Remove all personal items (especially hygiene items) from the sink top and vanity cabinet; place in sealed container or sealed plastic bag.
- Remove all items stored on floor of closet (dirty laundry, etc.)
After a Pest Control Visit
Once the material applied has dried, it is safe to come into contact with treated areas. DO NOT replace any items until all surfaces are completely dry.
- Wipe down, using a mild soap and sponge or dishtowel, the counter top, stovetop, tabletop, and refrigerator. The sponge or dishtowel used to wipe down these areas should be disposed of or thoroughly laundered after use
- DO NOT wipe out the cabinets or silverware drawer. Clean shelf paper should be placed or replaced in cabinets containing glasses, bowls, plates, etc.
- Wipe down vanity/sink top
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.
Any student concerned about his or her residence having bed bugs should contact Physical Plant immediately at 812-488-2775. Evening and weekend concerns should be reported to Campus Security.
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.
Here are the steps to follow if you suspect bed bugs:
1. 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 who report suspected bed bugs will be asked not to relocate to any other 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 they are found to be in a student's room and belongings.
Any student who plans to sleep elsewhere is 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 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 once bed bugs have been confirmed within their living space.