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UNO students complain of mice inside campus dorm

Posted at 4:25 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 17:25:47-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — UNO senior Spencer Belcastro has lived in the Scott Crossing dorms since they opened in the fall of 2017 and has dealt with over a half dozen mice since.

"(I) killed five last year and then we killed two this year with like our snap traps that we bought,” says Belcastro.

UNO responded by putting down glue traps.

"The problem with the glue traps is they haven't caught anything. Nobody that I talked to on-campus that had the same issue has been able to catch a single one with the glue trap,” says Belcastro.

Belcastro got UNO’s attention over the weekend, posting a video on Twitter, where a mouse can be seen looking around the kitchen, after coming in through the stove.

Shortly after the post, Belcastro says bigger traps were set up.

"I pleaded with them to not bring any more glue traps the last time, so I don't know why it took a video going up to get any different response that was different than the glue traps,” says Belcastro.

The mice aren't just picking on Belcastro. Freshman Kiley Densmore and her roommates have also met the unwelcome visitors.

"That's how we found the mouse, because she heard a rustling noise and it actually had been taking the pretzels out of the bag and dragging it underneath her bed and making a nest," says Kiley Densmore, a freshman at UNO.

UNO administration dispute that it is an issue, saying this is just something that just happens when it’s cold.

"I don't know that there is a problem, I think what's important to note is that no building, particularly in the winter, is immune to having a rodent or two," says dean of students and assistant vice-chancellor for student success, Cathy Pettid.

Belcastro doesn't buy it.

"Well it's cold everywhere in Omaha and not everywhere has a mouse issue,” says Belcastro.

Pettid says her team responded quickly to Belcastro's issue and along with putting down traps, they constantly monitor the building for signs of rodents.

"It's a newer building and I totally expect that as we get to know the building even better and the rhythms of the building that this will become even less of a problem,” says Pettid.

Densmore wants the problem to stopped at the source.

"Obviously they're traveling through the walls, the baseboards, something, cause we literally saw it running from baseboard to baseboard in my room, so find a way to get them out and where they're actually entering our rooms from,” says Densmore.