STINK BUGS INVADE ANNEX
Smell that? If so, you may already have big trouble with these little fellas
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.