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Bedbug Found on Student at Centerburg Elementary

By Timothy Perry

April 25, 2016 - 12:19 PM

A bed bug rests on human Skin

CENTERBURG - Centerburg Local Schools released the following statement today, after a bed bug was found on a student at Centerburg Elementary School:

"On Friday afternoon staff at the elementary detected what was thought to be a bedbug on a student. The required protocol was implemented which included notification of the family and contact with the district pest control contractor. The pest contractor confirmed Friday evening that the specimen was a bedbug and completed the required extermination process.

The student involved does not ride a bus and does not have siblings in the 6-12 building. Because of the finding of a bedbug in the fall, monitors had been placed throughout the district and were checked regularly by a professional pest management company. There were no specimens in any monitors which confirms that the issue was caught quickly with no widespread contamination. Follow up treatments will be completed every two weeks for the next month. The family of the involved student was notified and are working to solve the issue".

According the Environmental Protection Agency, typical signs of bed bugs include rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed, dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would, eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm), and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.

They are known to hide in the following locations: Near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard, in the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, in electrical receptacles and appliances, under loose wall paper and wall hangings, or at the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet.

The EPA advises, "since bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug".

Bedbugs have spread across the American continent in the past 15 years as a result of more international travel and elimination of certain pesticide sprays deemed to be hazardous to human health.

Experts say that bed bugs seem to be developing a resistance to typical bug sprays through the development of thicker skins.

They are not known to transmit disease, however they do cause itchy bites and can be very expensive to eradicate, often requiring multiple visits from pest control companies.

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