Epidemic in our schools

In the last week, I have had two close friends approach me for help detecting bed bugs in their homes. A bed bug was spotted crawling out of a child’s backpack in their home. The sibling also had been experiencing some bites.

This led me to start investigating the frequency of these bed bug sightings, and I began asking around. One of my kids has spotted bed bugs on three separate occasions at her school this year. The sightings were in hallways, classrooms and cafeteria. None of these areas have upholstery or carpet. Just students, lots of students. Another child indicated that she sees bed bugs much more frequently in one of her classrooms.

I understand that this is not the fault of the school, as it is not the fault of any place that is accessed by large numbers of public populations. In this school setting, I am inclined to think they are mostly on back packs, coats and kids. I keep debating is what are some of the best modes of being proactive to reduce the risk to other students and teachers. Reducing the amount of personal belongings floating through the hallways would be one step. Checking out lockers and various other areas regularly is another.

I wonder what some other school districts are doing about their bed bug problems. My research hasn’t shown much with regards to proactive policies. I think maybe there is limited sharing due to fear of reputations being tarnished by bed bug rumors.

I hope this gets better soon, but it doesn’t seem likely.

~Jenn

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