Moore students sleep tight, hoping bed bugs won’t bite

Andrew Sheeler / Sun Star Reporter
April 22, 2011

On Thursday, April 21, residents of Moore Hall received a notice stating that swallow bugs, a relative of the bed bug, had been found in the dorms. A female student was moved out of her room and exterminators were called in to spray it, according to Jamie Napolski of Residence Life.

Like bed bugs, swallow bugs are small, flightless bugs that bite people. They are parasites often found on swallows. When swallows nest on a building, it is possible for swallow bugs to drop off of them and find their way inside, infesting much as the feared bed bug does. Efforts are made to prevent swallows from nesting on campus buildings, but because swallows are federally protected migratory birds already existing nests cannot be disturbed, according to the notice from Residence Life.

News of the infestation caused much worry among students in Moore Hall. Allie Bateman, a freshman fisheries major, expressed concern that although the notice went out on April 21, the notice stated Residence Life first learned of the infestation on April 15.

“They knew about this six days before they told us,” Bateman said. Residence Life has not gathered the students together to address the situation, and has not followed up on the original notice, Bateman said.

It is currently unknown whether the infestation was contained to one room or has spread, according to Napolski.

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