By Stephanie Watson

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh admits they’re not immune to the bed bug invasion and confirms they were found in two residence halls.

In Lothrop Hall, located in the heart of the University’s medical center, houses 723 students. The bugs were found in one room. Students seem to be taking the news in stride.

“It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal so far. We haven’t had like meetings with our RA’s or anything – pretty chill,” Aisha White, a Lothrop resident, said.

However, it was quite a different reaction from freshman living at Sutherland Hall which houses 737 students after an inspection found 30 rooms in the East side with the pesky blood-sucking parasite.

“My suite mate and the suite across from us both got bed bugs,” Alex Powell said. “I checked my room probably about eight times within that week just to make sure I didn’t have [them because] I didn’t want them crawling around. Apparently, people are getting bitten in their sleep and [it] just didn’t sound like something I wanted to happen.”

The University’s Panther Central sent emails to students making them aware of the infestation and that all rooms were treated.

The University of Pittsburgh says all the rooms where the bed bugs were found will also receive additional precautionary treatments in the coming weeks.

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