- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita State University and a dormitory resident whose room is infested with bed bugs are at odds over who should pay an exterminator for a second round of treatments.

Freshman Londyn (LUHN’-dihn) Bobbitt said she first found bed bugs in her Fairmount Towers dorm room back in November. The wingless bugs feed off human and animal blood, and she awoke with a rash from their bites, KAKE-TV (https://bit.ly/1SBSvw3) reports.

She contacted the school’s facilities department, which paid for the first round of treatments. But she found the bugs again last week. The school began treating her room again Thursday but says she’s responsible for the $800 bill.

Wichita State housing director Scott Jensen said the pest control company is “very confident” that its chemical and heat treatment eradicated the bugs the first time. He said this is the first incident of bed bugs on campus over the past two years.

He said his department told Bobbitt not to take any clothing or electronics out of her room while it was being treated, and that anything she wore needed to be thoroughly washed.

Bobbitt acknowledged that she did “break protocol so-to-speak” when she took items with her and stayed at her parents’ house. But she said the only reason she did so was because “when I spoke to them they didn’t say any of this.”

Bobbitt insists there’s no way she brought the bed bugs out or back into her room. She says that if she had they would be in her parents’ house.

But Jensen disagreed: “The fact that she is very clearly saying ‘yes, I didn’t follow the protocol to the T’, that leads us to believe that it was more likely than not that they came back from her than from this company.”

Bobbitt said she’ll continue to fight the university.


Information from: KAKE-TV.

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