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
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
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.
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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