Officials at Fanshawe College say they’re dealing with a pest problem in the school’s library.
AM980 has learned that the library was closed for three hours on Thursday as an expert company was called in to conduct a “thorough cleaning” of bed bugs.
Spokesperson Elaine Gamble says the college learned about the problem “by visually inspecting something and seeing that there were bugs.”
It’s not yet clear when the first sighting of bed bugs was reported.
A notice on the entrance to the library read that it was closed for “routine maintenance” Thursday morning, not specifically to deal with the pest.
Gamble says they are letting students know on a “one-off basis.”
“If somebody’s returned something and we’ve found the bugs in them, we’re communicating directly with those students to make sure that they get the help and the supports that they need to deal with their own rental accommodations.
Many students in the library on Thursday said they had not been told about the problem, and were concerned that there was no communication from the school.
“I don’t know when this problem started,” said Anne. “If this has been going on for months, I would be extremely upset. If this has just happened, then I’m assuming that they’re going through the proper channels to try to deal with it as quickly as they can.”
On the other hand, staff have been made fully aware of the situation.
“Staff have been communicated with on a pretty constant basis to make sure that they’re aware of the steps that we’re taking as well as the steps that they can take to make sure that we’re inspecting things as they’re being returned,” said Gamble.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has a section on their website dedicated to bed bugs. It says that there have been no cases of bed bugs spreading disease to humans. However, they can be a source of stress and affect mental health and wellness.
The bugs feed on human blood and usually bite the face, neck, body, or arms.
Gamble says as the majority of students return in the fall they will be given information about the pest.