Bed bugs in student dorms are not just hype. Here’s an NYU student (lizzzzzbeth) blogging about bed bugs she claims to have just found in NYU’s Broome Street Residence:
So, this is sort of silly. I’m a junior at NYU, and I live in NYU’S Broome Street Residence Hall. My room/my mattress is infested with bed bugs. I’ve been bit on my arms and seen a health care professional, yadda yadda yadda. I reported the problem two days ago to NYU and their facilities office, but nothing happened. Tonight, I spent about two and a half hours going back and forth with them about getting someone to come assess the situation and take care of the problem, and NYU has told me that they won’t even come check it out until Tuesday, and then after that, it could take days.
Bed bugs can pop up in any college dorm room (hotel, apartment, etc.). It’s what you do when they raise their ugly heads that matters.
Stanford sets a nice example for other colleges to follow, in terms of timely and appropriate bed bug responses. Texas A&M, U of Florida and UC-Berkeley (both mentioned in the article linked above) seem to be up to the challenge too.