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No bed bugs found during inspection at 8 dormitories

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Jeff Rivenbark - email

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Inspections at eight residence halls at Catawba College in Salisbury on Thursday rendered no bed bugs.

Exterminators continued their inspections on campus in classrooms and other spaces on Friday. 

Students began calling the WBTV newsroom late Tuesday night after receiving flyers about the infestation. 

The situation appears to only affect the residence halls in Abernethy Village which contains 160 beds, according to Catawba College spokeswoman Tonia Black-Gold.

Each of the rooms in these halls are not affected, but Black-Gold pointed out, "There is enough evidence of the bed bugs spreading to warrant a more proactive and comprehensive approach."

The College asked students on Tuesday to vacate their rooms by 9 a.m. on Wednesday and to stay out of their rooms until 5 p.m. while the rooms are inspected and treated by professionals.

The College is also providing money for students to have their fabric belongings cleaned with high heat in dryers at laundromats, Black-Gold said.

Click here for more information about bed bugs from the CDC.

According to flyers posted on campus on Tuesday, students were told to wash any items in their room made of fabric and to then place those items in plastic bags.

Students were allowed to stay Tuesday night in their dorm rooms, but they were instructed to be out of their rooms by 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Some students said they were upset about the late notice and would have to pull an all-nighter to get their belongings gathered up and cleaned.

"I feel appalled that I was given just about no notice of this when they have been dealing with this for quite some time now," said student Valerie Leon.

The Provost has asked the faculty to be somewhat lenient with students who live in the affected area as many of them have papers, exams and other assignments that are due.

The College also plans to have exterminators inspect other areas of the campus for bedbugs since the facility is a small campus and students move around. 

"If we find other instances of bedbugs, these spaces will be treated accordingly," Black-Gold added.

Health officials say bed bugs do bite, but they are not particularly dangerous.  Unlike mosquitoes or ticks, they are not known to carry any blood-borne diseases.

But they are on the rise across the county and in Charlotte, according to Rick Seifert of The Pest Control Authority.

So how do you know if you've got them?

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