Getting Answers: Concerns About Roaches, Brown Recluse Spiders in an UMass Dorm | news


We spoke to students who claim there is pest infestation in their dormitory. We brought their concerns directly to the university to get answers.

AMHERST, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – A UMass Amherst student reached out to us to question the living conditions in one of the dormitories on campus. In particular, students said cockroaches and spiders are being spotted in their living quarters.

We spoke to students who claim there is pest infestation in their dormitory. We brought their concerns directly to the university to get answers.

“So I stepped right outside my door and there was a dead cockroach, like right outside my door to my dorm,” said UMass sophomore Nick Tantillo.

Tantillo told us there are cockroaches in Washington Hall. He provided a photo he took when he saw it outside his door.

“I was shocked at first and thought, I can’t believe that something like this in my dorm that I’m paying $ 13,000 a year is so gross,” added Tantillo.

We asked the university for a comment. UMass Amherst spokesman Ed Blaguszewski sent Western Mass News a statement that read in part:

“Since the beginning of the autumn semester, the supervisory authority has reacted to clarify around 150 complaints about pests.”

“The regulator notes that it’s not uncommon for cockroaches in large residential areas. If the cockroaches are reported by the students of the physical facility, they will be removed immediately. “

However, Tantillo also said there are spiders in Washington Hall as well.

“There have been two reports of brown recluse spiders in the dormitories that are really venomous, like a girl being bitten and like two doors away from me, so that was really serious,” added Tantillo.

The university continued:

“The student who says she was bitten by a brown recluse spider in her room did not report the matter to the youth welfare office or to residential life. She decided to post a Tiktok video about it. The student killed the spider and threw it away before it could be examined. Follow-up has been taken to capture all of the other spiders in the room. “

“UMass Amherst’s caretaker staff clean the common areas in the dormitories on a daily basis and respond promptly to any concerns about the living quarters in which the students live.”

The university also told us that students are responsible for cleaning their private living areas and not keeping empty food bins and disposing of rubbish.

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