Sardinia Elementary, located in Sardinia Ohio, took great measures when it was reported that one bed bug was found on a student.
The superintendent stated the precautions were necessary to make sure other students and staff were not affected. The superintendent stated cleaning crews removed carpet and used steam cleaners in classrooms. Busses were thoroughly cleaned as well.
“One was spotted and that was enough we wanted to make sure we got in front of it In the afternoon the students’ book bags and backpacks which is what could carry the insect, they put those all in clear plastic bags and gave a handout to the parents to notify them of what had happened and how they’re supposed to handle that.”
The superintendent says teachers will help the student make up any work that’s missed.
I believe that one bed bug is too many, but I really feel for the student that was most likely humiliated and treated as if she was carrying the plague. Bed bugs are tricky and it’s very difficult to prevent bed bugs being carried to work or school. Ohio is a hot spot for bed bugs and this will continue to be an issue. Removing the carpeting in the classroom seemed a little extreme as an industrial steamer could have been used to take care of this issue. Hopefully the student’s parents will be able to quickly treat their bed bug infestation so that future bed bugs will not be carried into the school and more importantly the student will not have to live with bed bugs.
One the bed bug was spotted we wanted to make sure we got in front of it. In the afternoon, the student’s book bags and backpacks, which could have been exposed to the bed bug, were put into clear plastic bags and information handouts were given to the parents to notify them of what had happened and how they’re supposed to handle it.
Placing students back packs into clear bags will not do anything unless they were planning to heat treat them in a PackTite. Perhaps they were hoping to keep their books and backpacks in the clear bags for 18 months to ensure any possible bed bugs were dead? Maybe they were assuming that other children may have brought bed bugs in and will now require all kids to seal their belonging at all times in bags. I’m not sure what their strategy is, but I do commend the school on sending home information on what bed bugs were and the symptoms for identification purposes.
Bed bugs are an ever growing problem and new treatment practices are going to need to be created and implemented, both in public and private areas, to defeat bed bugs.