Bed bugs are small, wingless insects with flat, reddish-brown bodies that feed on the blood of humans and other hosts. They are primarily active at night and often hide in the crevices around beds and furniture. Bed bugs can be easily transported on luggage, clothing, backpacks, bags, boxes, and furniture.
While cases of bed bugs at UNT are rare, we need your assistance with preventing and reporting bed bugs on campus. Bed bugs can be prevented by carefully inspecting your residence for places that bed bugs can hide. Inspect any luggage, clothing, backpacks, bags, boxes, and furniture before they are brought inside your residence. When traveling, take precautions to prevent bringing bed bugs back to campus with you. Inspect the room you will be staying in for bed bugs, and inspect your belongings before returning to campus.
If you find any evidence of bed bugs in a Residence Hall, please alert the front desk immediately, the Hall Director will be notified and pest control treatment will begin as soon as possible. Do not attempt to eradicate bed bugs on your own. The Residence Hall will provide instructions on next steps for treating your personal items.
If you find any evidence of bed bugs in any other space on campus such as a classroom, lab, office, etc. please reach out to Facilities Work Control by calling 940-565-2700. Clean and inspect everything that has been exposed to bed bugs before entering your residence, including clothing and bags.
Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases. If you suspect any bed bug bites, please reach out to the Student Health and Wellness Center or your primary care provider for further evaluation.