ICS Magazine

Pa. university spends "hundreds of thousands" battling bedbugs

February 8, 2009

ERIE, Pa. – Gannon University officials moved five students out of school apartments and into a hotel because of bedbugs, the 21st time this school year the nocturnal insect has been found in a campus dormitory or apartment.

The school had a bedbug outbreak in 2003 during which several students suffered bites from the bloodsucking insects and the rashes that result. The university thought it had the problem licked until the outbreaks began again this school year.

The university is having an exterminator spray the rooms and officials are laundering the students' clothes and bedding. The school said it had spent "hundreds of thousands" of dollars battling its bedbug problem.