Several Trinity College Dublin students staying at Goldsmith Hall had to move to different accommodations after a infestation of bedbugs was discovered, according to an report.

Cimex lectularius bed bug/CDC
Cimex lectularius bed bug/CDC

Despite finding the infestation in a single bedroom, all residents had to leave.

Ian Mooney, Welfare Officer for Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union said, “The students were moved out of the apartment as a precaution”.

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In a statement, Trinity College said: “An isolated incident of bed bugs has been identified in two apartments situated in a modern block adjacent to the campus. It has affected eight students  (of a total of 1700 in residence) who have been relocated to two serviced apartments adjacent to the College, and one room on College campus.

“The Accommodation Office has adopted rigorous protocols in treating the effected accommodation. The intensive treatment process is expected to be complete after Christmas and students will be able to return to their accommodation by the beginning of next term.

“The treatment plan is also designed to ensure that it doesn’t spread to other rooms.  The cause of the outbreak is unknown, but the issue is known to arise from time to time in many types of accommodation including hotels.”

Bedbugs are tiny parasitic insects which feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Typical adverse health effects from bedbug bites include skin rashes, allergic reactions and psychological effects.

In the United States, the bedbug was essentially eradicated since the 1940s but found resurgence at the end of the century. Though pesticides have historically been effective against bedbugs, resistance to many pesticides have developed. In addition to pesticides, non-pesticide methods have been used such as vacuuming and heat treating.

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