Bed Bug Policy

Since so many of our students travel during their time abroad, occasionally it happens that some of them bring back bed bugs from their travels to their host family, dorm, or apartment. Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on human blood. They can easily be spread when people stay in an infested place and then return home or move to other destinations. Bed bugs may be spread via furniture, clothes, bags, suitcases, etc. Possible infested areas include hotels, apartments, subways, and movie theaters.

Given that it is often hard to determine the origin of the bed bug, it’s difficult to know who should be responsible for the cost of having the room treated. If it is unclear whether the bed bugs were in the home prior to the student’s arrival or if the student carried them in, Middlebury will cover the cost of the first extermination treatment. The cost for subsequent treatment of the same room will be shared (50-50) by the student and the host/landlord. If it is clear at the outset that one or the other party is responsible for bringing in the bed bugs, that individual will be responsible.