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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Bed bugs found in 5 GWU dorms

By Washington Post editors

The GW Hatchet reports – and a George Washington University spokesperson confirmed – that bed bug infestations have been reported in five residence halls this semester.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard declined to release the names of affected residence halls, citing privacy concerns, but said cases have been confirmed in six rooms. There have been about two dozen bed bug cases at GW in the past three years.

Four of the cases have been fully treated and the other two will be completed within the next week, Sherrard said.

Read more about the bed bug outbreak at George Washington University in the GW Hatchet.

By Washington Post editors  | November 18, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
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The linked Hatchet article states that bed bug treatment takes 2 weeks. However, I recently had them in my apartment, and have to say that two weeks seems like an awfully fast turnaround. Wouldn't be surprised if they spread as a result of incomplete treatment.

Posted by: georgetownred | November 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again. College life, with its highly social nature, lends itself to bed bug infestation, especially in residence halls and dorms. All of those students, living in close proximity make it easy for the bugs to find meals and multiply. On top of this, its easy for them to move from room to room and find new hosts. Because we currently have no preventive measures available other than personal vigilance, we will continue to see the problem increase until it becomes so unbearable that someone wakes up and becomes serious about prevention.

Posted by: hdcase | November 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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