Yes, I said “exterminator.”
Teachers claim a contractor hired by the city to perform bed bug treatments at P.S. 197 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn “soaked” classrooms, covering desks, books, and the floor with liquid pesticides.
That does not sound right.
Teachers and parents are concerned because they don’t even know which pesticides were used.
‘Exterminating fluid was found in the rooms, on the teachers’ desks, on the children’s desks, on their books, on the floor, and it had an odor to it,’ said Lucille Mauro, a teacher.
Eyewitness News’ cameras were not allowed inside the building, but a teacher provided a photo of one of five classrooms that were soaked with a liquid bed bug killing chemical.
‘Who ever exterminated it was negligently exterminating the room and all the materials that I have are now in the garbage,’ said Ellie Salman, a teacher.
The Department of Education hired a private contractor, listed on its website as Joe’s Extermination Company.
They paid just under $100,000 for the services.
The Teachers’ Union says decontamination and replacing lost materials is going to cost twice that much.
Is the city really hiring contractors who don’t know how to safely and effectively treat for bed bugs?