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UC Berkeley dorms infested with rodents, bed bugs


Bed bugs, rodents, ants — you name it.

Students living in Stern and Foothills Halls at UC Berkeley say they’re dealing with it all.

The university says a handful of students have recently encountered mice problems and have had to be relocated, but students KRON4 spoke with today say it’s more than just mice.

Living in a dorm is never glamorous, but you usually know what you’re in for — shared bathrooms, smaller living spaces than you’re used to.

But the issues at Stern and Foothills halls seem to be much more than students bargained for.

KRON4’s Noelle Bellow spoke with several of them today on their way to and from classes and found every one of them had a story to tell.

“I heard clicking sounds near the door area. I go look over, there’s like a mouse in my trash thing,” one student said.

“I woke up with the feeling there were ants crawling all over me and there were,” said another student.

Students living in Stern and Foothills halls at UC Berkeley say they aren’t the only ones taking up space

“We had to go to bathrooms in the other halls because they were just infested with ants,” another student said.

A sign posted in the all female dorm that was built back in 1942, warns residents of the ongoing ant problem, something junior Sara Zaat says has been an issue, since she was living at stern as a freshman

“Given the fact that it’s been three years and the complaints are persisting, I don’t think enough action is being taken,” Zaat said.

According to the university — students affected by a recent mouse problem have been relocated.

In a statement, the university said:

“The health and safety of our students is our greatest concern and that pest control and housing facilities staff are setting traps and cleaning impacted areas.”

Zaat feels the buildings may need more than a good cleaning

“It takes a toll on your mental health when you’re trying to get enough sleep as a student, and you’re worried about pests in the building,” she said.

The girls who caught a mouse in their dorm say they moved out after the experience.

Others plan to tough it out.

“There’s ants around but it’s like whatever, there’s obviously issues but it’s a dorm i don’t expect like high quality,” a student said.

Others share the same sentiment.

“It’s a problem but you just [have to] deal with it,” the student said.

The university says because the halls are located adjacent to a wooded area there’s always the risk of running into wildlife — rodents included.

They say right now there are no plans to renovate the dorms in question, they just plan to work with affected students one by one.

Living in the dorms at UC Berkeley cost more than $17,000 per year for students

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