Tufts University Dorm Reportedly Has Mice Infestation Problem
“Hopes the problem would be addressed over winter break were dashed, however, and it actually seemed to have gotten worse when everyone returned in January, they said.”
This is actually a pretty common problem for old buildings in a city like Boston. A really big problem for any students who are scared of mice.
The College Fix reports:
Mice make themselves at home in Tufts’ freshman dorm; human residents upset
Residents of Tufts University’s Beacon Street dorm for first-year students have found themselves living with numerous roommates that could best be described as mischievous and nightmarish even by the standards of those one might find in a typical freshman dorm.
According to multiple students and an RA that spoke with Tufts’ student newspaper, The Tufts Daily, these roommates make noise all through the night, invite friends and family to stay indefinitely, eat people’s food without asking, and leave droppings on desks and clothing.
Yes, the 1047 Beacon St. dorm, usually reserved for students in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, was infested with mice — a problem that has gotten progressively worse since early in the fall 2022 semester.
As detailed in an April 6 article in The Tufts Daily, Alyson Costa and an unnamed RA claimed they first noticed and reported the problem in October.
Traps were set in the RA’s room, while Costa’s claim seemed to go ignored, they told the newspaper, adding that by November, mice were being spotted more frequently by more residents and sightings occurred in bedrooms and common areas.
Hopes the problem would be addressed over winter break were dashed, however, and it actually seemed to have gotten worse when everyone returned in January, they said.
Hence the RAs of the 1047 Beacon St. dorm held a meeting at the start of the spring semester with residents about proper food storage and trash disposal, the Daily reported.
Students such as Costa continued to press the university to address the mouse infestation, but no one seemed sure who, if anyone, was responsible for addressing the problem.
“Costa said she called Student Services, who directed her to speak with her RAs; when Costa asked to speak with someone higher up, she said that Student Services advised her to contact the ORLL [the Office of Residential Life and Learning],” the Daily reported.
“Costa said ORLL put her on hold when she informed them that she was calling about mice in 1047 Beacon St. before telling her they could not comment on the situation. Costa said ORLL told her to get back in touch with Student Services.”
“… [S]tudents were confused about whom to call for help, attributing this to the fact that the building is not owned by Tufts, but by an external LLC.”
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“ A really big problem for any students who are scared of mice.”
Tell them to switch over to track pads.
Tell them to buy snakes.
Probably because they put Mayorkas and Kamala in charge and they scattered cheese everywhere.
Raspberry-flavored popcorn* on normal spring traps. For some reason the mice loved that and would risk death for it. Fortunately we had a supplier in our room (his parents owned a popcorn and candy store).
(* Even the mice know that “cheese-flavored” popcorn tastes nothing like cheese OR popcorn. They never touched the stuff.)
The Royal Navy used to have cats aboard — they were on the ship’s roster and rated as “mousers” — to handle that sort of problem (then some lout made them stop, damn their eyes).
Having a dorm mouser or two or five would be good for the condition and good for the students.