Yuck! Bed Bugs Invade John Jay College


Founding father John Jay (pictured) must be rolling over in his grave right about now. The New York college bearing his name is under attack by a different set of redcoats, these being the tiny, itchy blood-sucking insects which only come out at night.

John Jay College of Criminal JusticeThe John Jay College of Criminal Justice was forced to close down one of its buildings on Thursday, forcing college officials to cancel or reschedule classes. John Jay expects to have the building (North Hall) exterminated and ready for use once again on Monday with classes resuming on Tuesday.

Bed Bug Notice

In a notice posted on the school’s website, John Jay President Jeremy Travis outlined the treatment process for the bedbug infestation, starting with the building’s shut down at 6 pm on Thursday. College community members were instructed to unlock all drawers and cabinets and remove food and items of value. An EPA approved treatment with environmentally safe chemical agents was expected to begin last night and continue through the weekend.

According to the Mayo Clinic, bed bugs are six-legged creatures who are nocturnal and have a taste for warm blooded creatures, particularly humans. About 0.2 inches in length and reddish-brown in appearance, bed bugs inject an anticoagulant into their human host which allows them to keep sucking your blood.

A numbing agent serves to make it difficult for you to detect their presence which means they can remove your blood at will. Only later might you discover itchy wheals or blister-like skin inflammations or rashes similar to hives wherever they chose to dig in.

Condition Not Infestation

John Jay officials were quick to point out that the bed bug problem was limited to the first three floors of the building, which means that the school is experiencing a bed bug “condition” as opposed to a swarm which would mean infestation. Regardless, the bug problem has made national news and is likely to be the butt of talk show host jokes over the coming nights.

The college is also checking other buildings to make sure that the bed bugs haven’t spread beyond the North Building. Certain enrollment, student development and academic departments have been temporarily moved to other buildings, while a make up schedule for canceled classes is currently being drawn up.

Adv. — Don’t let school bite you this fall! Get plenty of rest and consider getting a flu shot before winter settles in. Please visit SayStudent.com for information on how you can successfully advance your college studies this academic year.


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