Several dorm rooms at the University of Manitoba are infested with bed bugs; they’re undergoing treatment, and residents have been relocated to temporary accommodation.
While university officials here are “taking the issue very seriously,” according to CBC, they’re also assuring the media that bed bugs are “not a health risk” (as officials almost always do).
But universities should take note: bed bugs are stressful. They cause anxiety and make people lose a lot of sleep. Bed bug bites can cause intense itching and sometimes more serious allergic reactions. They can make people miserable.
Magali Leveille told CBC News, bed bugs made her want to drop out of her program at the university:
Leveille moved to Winnipeg from Montreal to brush up on her English through a program at the university that includes accommodations at the campus. The program brings in students from Canada and abroad that want to improve their English language skills.
Some say the bed bug experience has ruined the program.
“With me, I just want to go home, and I’m just upset about that, and it’s enough,” said Leveille. “The bed bugs, it’s really not funny, and I don’t want to be in the program anymore.”
Note: we have heard from many students dealing with bed bugs on the Bedbugger Forums.
And infested dorms are often the best case scenario; students living in private rented accommodations often have less hope of seeing the problem sorted out; they are often new to the world of rented apartments, don’t know where to turn for advice, and usually receive no assistance from their colleges in dealing with deadbeat landlords.
Some are thinking of dropping out of their programs. Some are failing exams. Some are suffering from extreme anxiety and depression.
If that doesn’t ring parents’ and university administrators’ warning bells about bed bugs, I am not sure what will.
See the full article here: University of Manitoba residence fumigated for bed bugs.