Bedbug Information

Schools will occasionally experience bed bugs being introduced to our environment.  The issue is not with a large number of students, but we have found some students coming to school carrying bed bugs (live and dead).  If we find a student with bed bugs, we follow a set protocol with the goal to remove the bed bugs from the student, and contain the bed bugs so that they do not have a chance to transfer to another student or staff member.

Because bed bug infestations in schools are not common, the real solution is to treat the house where they are coming from.  We will work with a student's parents to help them have their living accomodations treated.  Bed bugs can be killed by heat, or professional extermination.  The recommended solution for those that think their clothes may have come into contact with bed bugs is to simply wash and then dry them on high heat.  Spraying is only recommended if live bed bugs are found loose in the residence. If a bed bug is found on a student or in a classroom, we ask that the school nurse and building administrator is notified immediately so that our protocol can be followed.

Bed bugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs that feed on blood from animals or people. They do not jump or fly. They range in color from almost white to brown and they turn rusty red after feeding. The common bedbug doesn't grow much longer than 0.2 inches (0.5 centimeters) and can be seen by the naked eye to the astute observer. Bedbugs get their name because they commonly like to hide in bedding and mattresses. When found on a student, they are usually in a crease, crevice, collar or pocket.  Bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts and their presence is not determined by the cleanliness of the living conditions where they are found or the social-economic status of the host.  Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.  A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

Some Bed Bug Resources for Parents

Bed Bugs in Schools – Guidance for Parents

Life Cycle of a Bed Bug 

Dealing with Bed Bugs in Schools