UNO gets complaints of bedbugs at Strauss Performing Arts Center

Posted at 12:02 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 21:09:29-04

A UNO staff member told 3 News Now students have been complaining of bed bugs at one of their facilities. But according to a statement from the university Monday, no bedbugs have been found.

"We are monitoring a number of performance rooms in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and as of this morning no bedbugs have been found," said John Amend, assistant vice chancellor of facilities management and planning at the University of Nebraska - Omaha.

The university is monitoring rooms in the center through a local contractor, Amend said.

"If any positive results are detected, the appropriate procedures will be taken to treat the facilities and students, faculty and staff who utilize the building will be informed,” he said.

The thought of bed bugs frighten some UNO students like Emily Byrne, "I'd probably scream I don't like bugs".

Other students aren't too phased by the bed bug report, "I'm not super surprised because we're a college campus and we nap everywhere," said UNO student Lauren Zimmerman.

3 News Now talked with Carl Brawn, owner of Quality Pest Solutions Inc who said bed bugs are known to cling on to things like mattresses and chairs and like to hide in dark places, "They typically tend to be near dinner that would mean 2 feet of you."

Braun points out they are only the size of an apple seed but don't let their small size fool you, they bite. "Bed bugs bite on exposed skin they are not going to get under your shirt or in your socks or along the seem of your underwear," said Braun.

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3 News Now will keep you updated on if any bed bugs are actually found on UNO campus.