High Schools Infested with Bed Bugs

It’s back to school season and bed bugs are once again plaguing America’s schools. Across the country multiple schools opened recently and within weeks began reporting bed bug sightings, from the minor to enough of a problem to temporarily shut down classrooms.

One high school found bed bugs living in a specialized classroom designed to look like an apartment. Students use the classroom to learn every day living skills but we can bet that this is one lesson they didn’t expect to learn. In this case, officials found three bugs on separate occasions within a week. Exterminators were called in over the weekend to apply chemical treatments to the entire school as a preventative measure.

High school classrooms risk bed bug infestation

Other schools caused controversy with their approach. In one Kentucky school bed bugs were found in several classrooms. After students took pictures of the bugs officials were quick to state that they had identified the student who brought them in and were going to treat the classrooms over the weekend. However, the following week on a school spirit dress up day two students were told to change when their costumes reflected the bed bug infestation. Officials stated they though the costumes were offensive to the student who the infestation originated with, but in light of other student costumes including black face some weren’t buying their reasoning and believed the school just wanted to sweep their bed bug infestation under the rug.

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    Nice post. I was in a hotel this past weekend. During the night, I felt something crawling on me, so I swatted it. That happened a few more times, but I didn’t think too much about it. The next morning, there were spots of blood all over my side of the bed and my pillow. Then I saw some bugs on the bed. My husband swatted one with a belt and it exploded into a blood spot. Then I noticed a whole bunch of bugs on the ceiling. My symptoms didn’t start until the following morning. I noticed raised red bumps all over my left breast, left arm and some on my back, my right arm and my right thigh. They started itching intensely and progressively seem to get worse. I looked up bed bugs, and there’s no doubt that’s what happened to me. I reported the bugs to the hotel management. They comped our room for the first night, and moved us to another room. My symptoms didn’t really start until we had left the hotel. I am writing them a letter.


    I agree they should be studied more. I have severe reaction to them. and I have turned my room upside down searching for them. I only find one at a time. The most I ever found at once was two nymphs. I found three eggs and destroyed them.
    But once in a while if I come to bed late there will be one sitting on my pillow waiting for me. It is disturbing. I catch them with tape and seal the tape around them then squish them inside the sealed piece of tape. I am killing them one by one. I cannot find an actual nest or large group of them. This is very disturbing to me. I have basically become afraid of every dot I see anywhere. My arms or leg or part of body, where just one bite is, often becomes inflamed. sometimes my arm or back looked deformed.
    I would like the government to help out with a real solution or at least a way to make them infertile.
    That is my question, I don’t know about bed bugs, do they need a mate? Or can one alone do the job of infestation over a short period of time?


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