Hadley Junior High in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago) is currently dealing with a “small bed bug infestation.”
According to video from WGN news, a science teacher at Hadley has turned this into a “teachable moment” by building a model and teaching students what to look for.
And it looks like there’s a need for more education. The video shows one student saying “bed bugs are nocturnal… and we’ve only found one” when, in fact, bed bugs are quite happy to bite during the daytime if that’s the only time food is available (as it usually is in a school). More to the point, they may come in on clothing or bags, or go home the same way.
And, according to the Chicago Tribune, bed bugs were found not just once but in a number of other areas once an inspection was done:
The first bug was discovered in a classroom at Hadley Junior High School last Thursday. A pest control company inspected the school on Saturday “and told us that Hadley has a light case of bed bugs,” District 41 Superintendent Paul Gordon said in a letter posted on the district’s website.
The places where the bugs were found have been treated, including the library media center, locker rooms, several classrooms and the gyms.
That the bed bugs have been found in all of these places suggests they may have been spreading for a bit. And that some students (and maybe also faculty and staff) likely have bed bugs at home. Parents should be educated about what to look for, how to detect bed bugs, and what to do if they are found. Since students have been sent home with uniforms to be washed and other belongings, families have to be careful to avoid exposure.
(You can view the WGN video at the Chicago Tribune’s site; I removed the embedded video once I discovered the “autoplay” setting can’t be disabled.)