Bed bugs have been feasting on Torontonians, and Humber students have not escaped their bite.
“While it’s not a health hazard it is uncomfortable and we realize that and we’re trying to do everything that we can to address it immediately,” said Lynn Newhouse, associate director of campus services.
She said Humber’s Lakeshore residence has had one case of bed bugs since the start of the school year.
Newhouse said that the problem was resolved after Purity Pest Control Ltd. brought dogs to help detect the bugs.
The dogs return after the room has been sprayed to make sure the bugs are gone.
“The dogs have been specifically trained to sniff out bed bugs,” said Michael Goldman CEO of Purity Pest Control Ltd. “I take them in and if there are any they stop and do what’s called a passive alert; they stop and sniff.”
Goldman said there are sign students can look for.
“Bed bugs, before they are full grown, shed their skin so you are going to find skin sheddings [sic] or exoskeletons. You are going to find fecal spots or black smears you are going to see.”
Students living in residence received a news letter Sept. 24, letting them know that the canine unit will be coming to check all rooms in the residences.
The newsletter said both Ryerson and the University of Toronto have used this technique in their residences.
Not all students think the dogs are such a good idea.
“I just think that Humber is jumping on the band wagon, and that they are probably going to use the dogs to search for other things too, not just bed bugs,” said Taylor Thompson, 19, a media foundation student who lives in residence at the North Campus.