bedbug investigation kit Bedbugs in the Workplace -
UNL Workspace Protocol

UNL's approach to addressing complaints of bedbugs, and managing them if confirmed present.

Employee Responsibilities

Your workspace responsibilities to help UNL control the bedbug situation.

flowchart UNL's Response to Bed Bugs

Think you've spotted a bed bug on campus? Here's a guide on UNL's response procedure.


Where do bedbugs come from? What should I look for? Can bedbugs transmit any illnesses? and more...

Advice to Travelers

Before, during, and after your trip take these precautions to avoid transporting bedbugs.

Bedbug Prevention

In a campus setting it is conceivable for students, faculty, staff and visitors to spread bed bugs in many ways:

  • Guests with infected luggage
  • Visiting an infected location and returning with infected luggage
  • Bringing in outside furniture
  • Finding furniture and other items outside (particularly on trash days) and bringing them back to the residence halls
  • Spending nights away from their room when bed bugs are suspected (sometimes the idea of sleeping in the bed where you have previously been bitten is difficult to accept, however it can help prevent the spread of bed bugs)

Avoiding these activities is advisable in attempting to stem the spread of bedbugs.

Education and information is key in preventing bedbugs. Faculty, staff, students and visitors are encouraged to read information on this site, other resources and to know what to look for.

What does a bed bug look like?

bed bug

Bed bugs are reddish-brown, wingless and very flat. Adults are about 1/4 to 3/8 inches long.

Immature stages may be light brown or yellowish in color until after they have fed and then they are darker.

After feeding, they are bright red from the blood they have ingested and have a distended body and may look like a different insect altogether.

From Managing Bed Bugs by UNL Extension in Lancaster County