ALLIANCE — The Alliance School District closed down a classroom Wednesday after the discovery of a bedbug.
Superintendent Jeffery Talbert said the room should be ready for use by students on Thursday.
“We take it seriously. Every time we find one,” he said. “The bug is brought to the office in a sealed plastic bag, identified, the classroom vacated and fumigated (by a licensed pest control provider) after hours. The students are relocated from the classroom, and the classroom not used for the remainder of the day.”
Bedbugs pose potential health risks and can multiply quickly, if action isn’t taken quickly.
According to Scientific American’s website, bedbugs do not like heat, so they don’t stick in hair or on skin, and are likely to travel on backpacks, shoes and other items farther removed from our bodies. Once they feed off a source, they tend to retreat back to its hiding spot within five minutes.
Several years ago, Talbert said every school building in the district had regular inspections and preventative spray treatments.
Talbert said any family that thinks they have bedbugs in their home should contact their school administrator or the district administration office at 330-821-2100. He said the families will remain confidential and will receive assistance to find resources to help treat their homes.