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WSU medical library closed after bedbugs reported

The Detroit News

Wayne State University’s Shiffman Medical Library is closed Friday through Monday as exterminators clean for bedbugs, school representatives said.

“We take it very seriously and we are going to address the issue aggressively to make sure it’s taken care of as quickly as possible so it’s not an inconvenience for our students,” spokesman Matt Lockwood said Thursday night.

It wasn’t clear where the insects were spotted, but a pest control company the university contracts with is expected to thoroughly clean the building, Lockwood said.

Until Shiffman reopens at 8 a.m. Monday, students can use other libraries open on Wayne State’s campus, he said.

This is not the first sighting of bedbugs on campus this year.

In February, an exterminator treated a cubicle at the medical library after a reported sighting. A bedbug-sniffing dog was enlisted to check for the pests and found none, Lockwood said.

Also that month, a room at the Towers Residential Suites, an 11-story dormitory, was fumigated after a student reported seeing bedbugs there.

Detroit has been a hotspot for the six-legged creatures. In January, the pest control company Orkin ranked the city as the nation’s second worst for bedbug infestations.