STANFORD, Calif. (KTVU) – Stanford University officials say they now have a bedbug issue under control at one of the dorms there. Pest control experts have spent the last two months trying to eradicate the critters.
They say there were three rooms affected this time. Though, this comes after the same dorm had a case of bedbugs last spring.
“I didn’t know what was going on. And then eventually I heard it was bedbugs and I was like oh my gosh this better not get to the second floor,” says student Ryan Hermstein.
Bedbugs, the small, biting pests, had moved in on the first floor of Toyon Hall. Starting in one room, they steadily worked their way into two others.
“They said, oh we took care of the problem and them boom they pop up again,” says Hermstein.
Stanford officials say it takes time for a thorough eradication. But they do believe the bedbugs are now gone.
Students hope that’s the case.
“It’s a little concerning because you know it can spread and destroy property and clothes and things like that,” says student David Flatow.
Students in the affected rooms were provided with temporary housing.
In at least one case, the Stanford Daily reports a reoccurrence, where the university was forced to implement a three week teardown of the room that involved replacing the mattress, carpet and drapes, and paying for students clothing to be washed and dry cleaned.
“I definitely hope that, especially cause I’m walking through that hallway a lot on my way to the dining hall, and I feel bad for people who have to get relocated, that they can finally contain this bug problem in Toyon that’s been going on for a while,” says Hermstein.
Stanford officials say this is a problem that affects all universities from time to time. They advise students to check their clothing, backpacks and beds periodically and to use extra caution when traveling.