Finding bed bugs at school is a frightening thought. However, Wayne High School has received reports of bed bugs.
Cosby, the Principal says they do not have an infestation of bed bugs at the school. They’ve had six potential sightings. According to Cosby, four are confirmed bed bugs (and 2 suspected.) They weren’t able to be identified because the teachers didn’t know or follow the protocol. They’ve been working with their exterminators to make sure they follow proper protocol to contain and eliminate the threat.
The bed bugs got into the school by what is called “drop-offs”. They could have come from a student, a visitor, or anyone. It’s not considered an infestation because in order for it to be an infestation, they would have to have their blood supply, which mean they (people) would have to be here overnight, and feeding on someone, and that doesn’t happen at our high school.
“One was found on a table, one on a book bag, one on a student’s jacket,” the principal said.
The protocol that is followed is recommendations from exterminators. They are to put the insect in a plastic bag, contact their custodians who will determine if they are, indeed, bedbugs. If they are, the custodians are instructed to spray the room and vacuum for weeks until they’re certain there are no more.
Three of the pesky critters were found prior to the Thanksgiving break, and only one has been found since they’ve been back to school.
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