BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRES


The asperous invasion of the Draculas aka the *bed bugs* seem to be on the increase on oau campus, as bed bugs are well known as creepy biting insects, which can be largely found in rooms and hostels on this formidable campus.Bed bugs require blood in order to reproduce and complete their life cycle. The effect of bed bugs bites vary among people, but they eventually produce red welts that itch.
            The bites themselves are not painful and typically are not felt. However, frequent feeding can disrupt people's sleep and make them irritable, and seeing bites may cause emotional distress in some people. Heavy rates of feeding can result in significant blood loss and eventually lead to anemia, most students don't seem to be aware of this fact as some act ''unperturbed'' at the sight. Bed bugs typically are active at night and hide during the daytime.
          Being very flat, they are able to find a wide variety of places in which to hide. Typical hiding places include beneath cupboards, rugs, behind loose wallpaper, inside bed springs, in mattresses, and even cloth boxes. this endemic scourge has continued  unabated on this campus with the management taking little or no notice of the appeals made by students from different quarters.
              The little comfort of sleep that students ought to enjoy after enduring a stress and work filled day is constantly being truncated by these seemingly blood sucking demons. Apart from the physical discomfort caused by these vampires, their irritable nature tends to cause a form of ''emotional threat'' for some who find it difficult to get the disgusting image of the squashed blood from these insects out of their heads.
               A new session has began and rightly so, it would be extremely obnoxious to resume right from the point where we left of. It has been really embarrassing for some students in the past who have had to pick these insects off their attires in public as it tends to project a negative image of oneself as being dirty or untidy which more often than not is not always the case. There is a common misconception that bed bug infestations occur only in poorly constructed and poorly maintained rooms with unsanitary conditions. however, this is not the case as bed bugs only need a source of blood provided by humans, and they can exist in the cleanest rooms, hostels and apartments.
           Most students have found ways of moving to town with their friends due to the irritable nature of these insects. Which begs the question, what happens to the students who are stuck on campus and have no place to run to for solace??...I feel the school management has to man up and take the bull by the horns. The activities carried out by the school to end this invasion on our campus has had no visible effects on these insects as they seem to keep growing by the numbers, increasing the medical risks students take when trying to get a momentary psychological and physical leave from the tussle and hustle of academic activities which have inherently plagued this great citadel of learning.
              At this juncture, we would like to plead with adequate authorities especially the school management (OAU) to intervene and help put an end to the ''inhumane'' sleeping conditions of students caused by these deadly insects in this great citadel of learning.



Owoade Samuel
*OAU KILONSHELE NEWS AGENCY*
Oaukilonshele@gmail.com

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