Bed bugs have become a problem at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a problem that seemingly won’t go away.
But, university officials vow to make them go away, declaring that they will begin a room-by-room search to rid the dormitories and other university housing of the pests.
“We’ll pay whatever it takes to get it done,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Juan Franco, says. “And, so, while there’s not an unlimited number of dollars out there, we will take care of the problem and we will spend whatever it takes to take care of that problem.”
Reports began to surface a few weeks ago of students complaining of bed bugs. Now, bed bugs have been discovered in 25 dorm rooms. The latest report found a room at Abel Hall with bed bugs as well as in an apartment in Husker Village.
Director of Housing Glen Schumann says examining every dorm room will be a long, costly process. University officials estimate the extensive extermination process could easily top $100,000.
Specially-trained dogs will be used to locate bed bugs. A special treatment will be used to destroy them. Schumann expects the room-by-room process to take at least a month, perhaps as long as a month-and-a-half.