Mar

23

Chronicles of Extermination: Bed Bugs Edition

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You may be wary of returning to Butler’s hallowed halls after yesterday’s news of bed bugs in on the fourth floor. However it appears the situation has been swiftly dealt with. Bwog received an update today from Francie Mrkich, Director of Access Services for the libraries. Exterminators have “vacuumed and chemically treated” the affected areas, and “wrapped and discarded” the nasty furniture. Other 4th floor study spaces were inspected and found clean. Since bed bugs cannot move from floor to floor, all might just be clear. Here’s the full e-mail:

Hi [Bwog],

Thanks to a student’s proactive report of seeing a bedbug in one of the Butler 4th floor group study rooms, we were able to quickly close the two affected rooms and call in professional exterminators for treatment. The exterminators wrapped and discarded the infested chairs, and vacuumed and chemically treated the spaces. The rooms will remain closed until a follow up cleaning occurs and the rooms are planned to reopen by the end of the week.

The exterminators also did an inspection of the other 4th floor study spaces and found no other signs of infestation. Those rooms are being monitored and the exterminators will make a follow up inspection in several days.

The Libraries are also discussing ongoing preventative inspections of our spaces to avoid future infestations.

Francie Mrkich

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13 Comments

  1. Anal Probes

    Also known as bugs in the But!

  2. No other signs of infestation?  

    What about the campers?

  3. Anonymous  

    now if only they could find the source of that faint but strange, vomit-like smell on the 4th floor...

  4. Anonymous  

    Can someone explain why bed bugs can't move from floor to floor? Couldn't they have traveled with the students, or perhaps the person thought to be responsible?

    • jesis  

      Ever heard of SNARK?

    • from personal experience...  

      bedbugs can DEFINITELY move from floor to floor. certainly the bugs themselves can move (they retreat to walls in the middle of the day), but they also on backpacks, jackets, clothes, bodies. also, while chemical treatment and exterminators might kill the living bugs, the eggs are much more resistant so it takes multiple rounds of treatment.

      in other words, i'm really unconvinced of the safety of returning to butler. bed bugs ruined my life last summer, and i really don't need that again.

  5. its probably just

    a grobo (graduate hobo).

    usually found in butler, lerner, and sometimes mudd. most easily identified when taking mexican showers by the bathroom sink.

  6. Anonymous  

    I've always thought it smelled like unwashed feet.

  7. Itchy  

    Reading about bedbugs makes me feel phantom bedbugs crawling all over me when I try to sleep. Ick.

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