Sergei Tilsworth – Staff Writer
The start of the fall semester signals another start for the season, stinkbugs.
Â “They’re tedious and annoying,” says Marquisha Kennedy ’12 who lives in the Chalmers Dormitory. “There’s nothing to do [about it].”
Â While they do not bite or cause any physical damage, they continue to come through window-mounted air conditioning units and cracks in the windows, bothering students by flying around their rooms and adding an unwanted amount of annoyance. They have been a problem since the first week of school, and according to Jasmine Forney ’13 have been a problem since her freshman year.
Â The most effective means of deterring them seems to be to buy a mesh material and cover the air-conditioning unit mounted in most student rooms. While this seems to be the best solution, there are also cracks around the frames of the old windows in the dorms, allowing the bugs to still make it into the warmer environments they are seeking.
Â Â Students have contacted the maintenance staff to propose the idea of sealing off the openings in the windows though maintenance has said that would be a fire hazard. The maintenance department has used an industrial strength spray, but that seems to do very little. Other students have tried using Raid, a popular pest spray that can be purchased at many local stores; however, the spray seems to do very little as well.
Â While the bugs will not survive the winter, they continue to be a bother to students as they crawl and fly around dorm rooms, causing a nuisance to all who have to live with them.