As with any shared living space, issues with bedbugs and other pests can arise while living in residence. When this happens, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Facilities Services Department work on an individual basis with students to eradicate the issue. Below we have included information about our pest control protocols and procedures. We have also outlined how to engage with the Office of the Dean of Students should you suspect that you have a pest issue.
Unwanted pests will, at times, make their home in communal living space, such as residence buildings. To ensure pests do not become an issue, Trinity encourages students to engage in pest prevention efforts.
At Trinity College, all residence rooms are lightly cleaned weekly by our custodial staff. This frequent cleaning, including vacuuming of floors, light dusting and removal of garbage will help to prevent pest issues. If you suspect that you or your community has a pest issue, you are encouraged to report this issue promptly to the Office of the Dean of Students.
Trinity College has an evidence-informed process for responding to a variety of pest issues. The exact process initiated will depend on the type of pest. In all cases, Trinity College will liaise with the impacted student to communicate the process, detail next steps, and answer any questions.
If you have further questions about pest prevention or reporting, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
What are bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small, wingless bugs that feed primarily on blood. If bedbugs are present, they usually live close to the vicinity of where the “host” sleeps. Bedbugs can’t fly or jump. Bedbugs are not a health threat and have not been shown to spread disease to humans.
What do bedbugs look like?
Bedbugs are visible to the naked eye. An adult bedbug is approximately the size of an apple seed, flat and brown or rusty-red in colour. Eggs are whitish and pearl shaped, the size of a pin head and usually found in a clusters.
What are some signs of bedbugs?
When looking for evidence of bedbugs, focus on the bed, mattress, linens and the area immediately around the bed. Evidence may include:
Bites are small, itchy red bumps (typically two or three in a row), usually found around the arms, hands or upper torso. The bites may resemble mosquito or other insect bites, therefore, a bump alone does not mean that you have been in contact with bedbugs. For more information, check out the Government of Canada Bedbug Information and Resource Page.
What is the bedbug treatment process?
In the case that a student has a confirmed case of bedbugs, the following process will be initiated to eradicate the bedbugs.
Note: During the bedbug treatment process, relocating rooms is not possible.
We recognize that having bedbugs is stressful. Getting rid of them requires a lot of hard work and patience. During the treatment process we encourage all students to communicate with the Office of the Dean of Students to ensure they understand what is going on and have all their questions answered. If you need health and wellness support, please click here for additional information.