Bed bugs displace afterschool program at Denver’s Lake Middle School

by nobugsonme on April 26, 2009 · 2 comments

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An auxiliary gym at Denver’s Lake Middle School, which is used for an afterschool program, is infested with bed bugs:

The [afterschool] program was cancelled Thursday and will not reopen before Tuesday, pending approval from exterminators.

The gym, which contains a game room, office space and a TV room, is being sprayed with pesticides Friday.

“There were several pieces of furniture infested with what they call bed bugs,” Kayser said.

Kayser says Mi Casa staffers reported being bitten by the insects, but he was unaware of any such complaints from children.

The Mi Casa program at Lake involves about 85 children. A letter explaining the situation is being sent to parents.

I hope all staff were educated about bed bugs and their signs also.  Bed bugs could have come in with any staff member, child, or visitor, or even in a shipment of materials.

I also hope everyone is made aware that you can be bitten by bed bugs and not react. It’s quite common.

See the article at | Colorado’s Online News Leader | Bed bugs displace afterschool program.

1 mela April 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I work in a school in queens and we have found bed bugs in most rooms and one room their is a child infested with this. Why is a child with bed bugs allow to come to school and child with lice cann’t come they have to make it a law.

2 nobugsonme April 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

HI mela,

Please see my response to your other question here.

It’s important to remember that places — not people — become infested with bed bugs. A person may have brought bed bugs into the school, but anyone can walk out with them, and bring them back another day.

Also, it is possible for people to take precautions to avoid spreading them. In my opinion, education about bed bugs is key.

If you’d like to discuss further, please do come to our forums.

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