Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become more common in the United States and worldwide over the last few years. University Housing takes several precautions to ensure our facilities are free of these pests. Every summer each mattress is inspected for bed bugs, and we are confident that bed bugs are not present in our buildings prior to our annual move in. In Fall 2010, a local news station did a story on our bed bug inspections.

There is always a chance that bed bugs will find their way into our building by hitching a ride on luggage, clothing, bedding or furniture. If bed bugs are detected in any University Housing room, our staff will respond immediately, and our pest control company will respond within 24 hours to treat the room. In addition to professional pest control, University Housing has procedures in place to ensure the situation can be controlled and dealt with. If bed bugs are found in personal furniture. University Housing may require cleaning or disposal of the affected furniture.

If you suspect that there are bed bugs in your room, call the Sandburg Service Desk at 414-229-6123 immediately.

If bed bugs are detected in any University Housing facility, information regarding the incident and treatment will be posted on this page and updated often.

If you have any questions regarding bed bugs, please contact Mike Varebrook, the Custodial Services Program Supervisor, at varebroo@uwm.edu.

Bed Bug Symptoms

Do you think your room might have bed bugs? Here’s how you can find out.

  • Check the mattress – bed bugs leave blood marks, dark fecal spots, eggs, and egg shell casings in the mattress, particularly on the seams
  • Bites on your body – bed bugs leave small bite marks, usually in a tight lines of multiple bites. They may itch, and look like other insect bites.

If you think there are bed bugs in your room, call the Sandburg Service Desk at 414-229-6123 immediately.

Bed Bug Treatment

University Housing will:

  • Arrange for treatment from a pest control company
  • Vacuum floor, dispose of bag immediately
  • Provide heavy-duty bags for bedding and clothing
  • Clean and disinfect the entire suite
  • Extract carpeting (when applicable)
  • Replace the pillow and mattress
  • Provide a temporary room if needed
  • Schedule follow-up service for all infested rooms for one week after treatment

The resident should:

  • Strip all beds down to the bare sleeping surface (remove mattress pad, sheets and blankets)
  • Place bedding in sealed heavy-duty bags and label for laundering
  • Launder all bedding, separately from other laundered items. University Housing will provide laundry card and detergent for these purposes.
  • Bag and launder all clothing. University Housing will provide laundry card and detergent for these purposes.
  • Remove objects from walls, closets and from under beds
  • Empty nightstands and dressers so they can be treated