GW treats several rooms for bed bugs

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Several rooms in Shenkman Hall are being treated for bed bugs, and a room was also recently treated for cockroaches.

Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 3:53 p.m.

The University is treating three incidents of bed bugs in residence hall rooms, a University spokesman confirmed last week.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said there are three “isolated incidents” of bed bugs in GW residence halls recently, but declined to say which buildings were affected.

He said the University is removing the bed bugs through a thermal remediation technique, which involves using heat in rooms to kill the bed bugs.

“We continue to monitor the rooms as well as adjacent areas to determine whether additional treatments are necessary,” Hiatt said.

GW also placed a notice in the 10th floor trash room of Shenkman Hall that the room was being treated for cockroaches.

The notice said GW workers would be treating the room with various chemicals and insecticides on Nov. 24, adding that the chemicals are “reduced risk” and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment.

“The chemicals we use will treat most general pests, and are safe when used according to the label instructions,” the notice reads.

Earlier this semester, rooms in other residence halls like Munson Hall have been treated for cockroaches.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Shenkman Hall rooms were being treated for bed bugs. University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt declined to say what rooms on campus were being treated. We regret this error.

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