Students say bedbugs in university dorms

Bed bugs have been found in residence apartments at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
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Bed bugs have been found in residence apartments at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Campus officials at both schools said they have sprayed the affected rooms to wipe out the bugs.

The University of Ottawa, which has 3,000 students living in residence, said the pests have been found in just one four-bedroom unit.

City of Ottawa's tips for dealing with bed bugs

  • Contact your local health department or a pest control professional immediately to confirm if your home has bed bugs.
  • Inspect your mattress, bed frame and any other nooks where bugs are likely to hide.
  • Vacuum bugs and their eggs, using a nozzle attachment.
  • Wash all linens and sheets in hot water.
  • Seal any cracks in walls, baseboards and floors with caulking.
  • Monitor how many bed bugs you have by leaving out glue boards or sticky tape to catch bugs.
  • If necessary, consult a pest control professional for extermination options.

See the city's page for more information.

Carleton University also confirmed that on Thursday a double room was sprayed for bed bugs.

University of Ottawa spokesman Pierre Laroche said the University is taking precautions to ensure the bed bugs do not spread.

He said when someone from an infected unit moves into another residence, their items are inspected for traces of bed bugs and cleaned and washed.

Some students at the University of Ottawa told CBC the school should provide more information when outbreaks occur.

Jasmine Marianayagam, lives in the Brooks residence, one floor above the unit where the bugs were found.

A young woman in the unit moved out after just one night when she awoke with bed-bug bites. 

Marianayagam said her entire apartment was sprayed as a precaution.

"I'm kind of disgusted by it because we eat in our rooms right," said Marianayagam. "So we didn't know if that was going to affect things but as soon as they told us they were going to get rid of it...it felt a lot better."

Josiah Witherspoon, who lives in Brooks with a roommate, said all residents should be told whenever bed bugs are found and said it’s a serious issue.

"Together we're paying $1600 a month," said Witherspoon. "If we had bugs I'd definitely make an issue about it."