At Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Freshman Mallory Wilck claims she’s been bit three different times inside her Park Place apartment during this school year by bed bugs. Housing management tried to treat the unit, but the bugs keep coming back. “Something’s crawling all over you at night and biting you and feeding off of your blood. You know that’s just, it’s disgusting,” said Wilck. “I wake up and I immediately want to shower.”
Despite the prsence of the bugs, Wilck continued to pay over $700 a month in rent. Now, with just a few weeks left in the school year and bugs still biting, she wants some of her money back. “It’s hard to sleep in a place where you don’t feel comfortable.”
According to a IUPUI and a spokesman, the problem has been recognized. He also claims that the chemical and heat treatments were working. But what they can’t understand is how the bugs keep getting back into Wilck’s apartment?
Bed bugs are often carried into a building on clothing, furnishings or other belongings. Students living in student housing are advised at the beginning of the school year that they always have the alternative to move to another room at any time.
Bedbugs are active mostly at night. They feed on humans by piercing the skin and sucking their blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed until they become engorged and then crawl away. Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Having bedbugs living in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. One home is just as likely as the next to harbor them. They are often found in immaculate homes and hotel rooms.