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Students forced to move due to bed bug invasion

Students at Trinity College were evacuated from their accommodation last week over fears of a bed bug infestation.

Five students residing at House 69 in Goldsmith Hall on Pearse Street were evacuated last week after complaints of an infestation.

Although the infestation was contained to only one bedroom in the apartment, all residents were asked to evacuate as a matter of health and safety, and to prevent further spread of the bed bugs to other rooms, and other residences.


For the duration of the evacuation, the residents were moved to Dublin City Apartments on Granby Place, which is located behind the Convention Centre.

Students were allowed to take their essential belongings such as mobile phones and laptops with them but were told to leave all other belongings behind and were given €150 to cover the cost of buying new clothes.

Trinity College has since undertaken attempts to decontaminate the apartment and return it to safe living conditions.

It is understood that the apartment will not be ready until December as it takes a number of weeks to fully decontaminate the apartment.

Ian Mooney, Welfare Officer for Trinity College Dublin Students' Union, stated that bed bugs regularly arrive in luggage, furniture, or other routes, and may have been dormant in one place for quite some time.


"The incident is completely isolated and as far as I am aware, every precaution is being taken to ensure that it spreads no further," he told the Herald.

"Five students were removed from their apartment last week and it could take up to another five weeks before they can move back in, but we're hoping that their apartment will be ready before Christmas," he added.

Bed bugs, or cimex lectularius suck on human blood and cause great discomfort to anyone who is bitten, with skin rashes and symptoms similar to allergic reactions being the most common indicators of an infestation.