Manhattan College students claim their off-campus apartments have bed bugs, and that the situation is not being managed well.
Here’s the video of Fox5’s story on the situation at Overlook Manor, at 238th and Waldo Ave. in Riverdale.
It’s important to note the inaccuracies here: the students are speaking as if rooms where students have not noticed bed bug bites are necessarily bed bug-free; this is not so. You can have bed bugs and not have visible bite marks or an itchy skin problem.
It also is not true that a medical professional can examine bite marks and claim with any certainty that they came from bed bug bites. We hear a skin biopsy can confirm the bites came from an insect, but cannot determine which insect was the cause; visual inspections of bites cannot confirm bed bugs as a source.
Nevertheless, if some people in a building have bed bugs, it is definitely likely that others in the building experiencing new itchy skin conditions may have them as well.