Smell that? If so, you may al­ready have big trou­ble with these lit­tle fel­las

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Ry­er­son Univer­sity is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pres­ence of bed bugs in the school’s Vic­to­ria Build­ing, af­ter stu­dents re­ported see­ing them and be­ing bit­ten.

“The univer­sity is aware of the is­sue and is cur­rently as­sess­ing the room in ques­tion; our stu­dents have been help­ful in bring­ing their con­cerns for­ward so that the sit­u­a­tion can be ad­dressed prop­erly,” said a state­ment from the univer­sity’s Pub­lic Af­fairs of­fice on Tues­day.

On Mon­day night, staff from The Eyeopener, a stu­dent news­pa­per, re­ported find­ing bed bugs on a sec­ond floor class­room hid­den in­side the cracks of the tables. They took mul­ti­ple pho­tos of the bugs and bites a stu­dent said they re­ceived from them.

By Tues­day af­ter­noon, a no­tice out­side Room 205 on the sec­ond floor, said that classes were can­celled. Mike Coutanche, an in­struc­tor who teaches at the Vic­to­ria Build­ing, said he got emails from his stu­dents ask­ing whether his class on the first floor would hap­pen on Tues­day.

“Well, there’s no cau­tion tape on the front door,” he said. Some stu­dents said that the idea of hav­ing bed bugs in the build­ing made them ner­vous.

This is not Ry­er­son’s first bat­tle with bed bugs. In 2012, the Toronto Star re­ported there were eight con­firmed cases of bed bugs at two res­i­dence build­ings on cam­pus.

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