Risks and Rates 

In an effort to preserve the well-being of the Ohio University community, the content of this site provides answers to frequently asked questions about bedbugs and the University's response to them.

Have there been reports of bedbugs at Ohio University?

The Athens Campus has had seven confirmed bedbug occurrences since the fall of 2011 – a small number for a residential campus that houses nearly 8,000 students in 42 residence halls. To date, all confirmed bedbug occurrences on the Athens Campus have occurred in residence halls.

Why are college campuses susceptible to bedbugs?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone is at risk for getting bedbugs when visiting an infected area. However, individuals who travel frequently and share living and sleeping quarters where others have previously slept have a higher risk of being bitten and/or spreading bedbugs. 

How do bedbugs spread?

Bedbugs are notorious hitchhikers. While they are generally not carried on your person, they are known for traveling from areas of infestation on personal possessions, including clothing, furniture, bedding and suitcases.