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Wed August 17, 2011
Colleges Check for Bedbugs as Students Return
Bedbugs have recently been found on the campus of Wake Forest University. Officials say dogs discovered evidence of the pests in a very small number of dorm rooms. Those rooms have been treated and are expected to be free of bedbugs as students arrive. Michael Waldvogel is an associate professor of entomology at North Carolina Statue University. He says N.C. State and Wake Forest use heat generating equipment to deal with any outbreaks of bedbugs.
Michael Waldvogel: "Once you get up over about 113, 115 degrees, the bedbugs will die. So its a way of killing the bedbugs without using a lot of pesticides."
Waldvogel encourages students to report any bug bites to school officials as soon as possible. Classes for most universities begin this week and next.