A bed bug was found in a classroom this week at Liberty High School. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sharing this information with all families in the district.
According to the New York State Department of Health, bed bugs are small, flat wingless insects that are reddish-brown in color and approximately one-quarter inch long (about the size and shape of a small apple seed.).They hide during the day on beds (mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, and headboards) and in cracks and crevices of walls, floors and furniture. They come out at night and feed on blood, but are not known to spread any diseases to humans. The bite does not hurt at first, but it may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite.
Unlike head lice, bed bugs do not live on a person. However, they can “hitchhike” from one place to another in backpacks, clothing, luggage, books, and other items. Actual bed bug infestations in schools are uncommon.
The district’s maintenance team will perform a cleaning g at the high school. The custodial staff will monitor the situation. If you have any questions regarding bed bugs in your school, please contact your building principal.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding bed bugs in your home, contact your family physician, local health officer or visit https://www.health.ny.gov/ environmental/pests/bedbugs. htm.