The purpose of this letter is to provide you an update regarding bed bugs at Gloversville High School and our responses to some recently reported instances.
In a letter earlier this fall, I addressed rumors of a bed bug infestation at GHS. At the time, I informed you all that no bed bugs had been found in the school. Since then, however, we’ve received five reports of bed bugs being discovered in the building. In each case, a single bed bug was identified and no further evidence of bed bugs or other pests were detected. Each time a bed bug was discovered, the room was cleared of students and staff as quickly as possible, and a custodian was notified to inspect the area and perform a thorough cleaning of the entire room. After school, custodians returned to the affected rooms to perform a second thorough cleaning. Orkin, our pest management company, was also called on two occasions to treat areas with a pesticide as a precaution. This treatment was performed in accordance with integrated pest management protocols, and the product used was approved for public school application. Orkin also visits all our schools on a monthly basis to inspect for bed bugs and other pests. No signs of an infestation of any sort have been detected.
Bed bugs are a common problem all across the country, and we realize that from time to time they may find their way into schools. We will continue to follow our protocols should any more bed bugs be discovered in the building, and we will continue to inspect and monitor the school for any signs of pests.
According to the EPA, a bed bug infestation is unlikely in a school as it is not an ideal place for bed bugs to live. Bed bugs are good “hitchhikers”, and people can unknowingly transport a bug from one place to another on their clothing or a bag. For this reason, it is important that you inspect coats, backpacks and other items regularly for the presence of bed bugs. Also, students should refrain from bringing extra items, such as blankets, to school when possible.
To learn more about bed bugs and how to control them, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs
While bed bugs have not been known to spread disease, we realize they are still a nuisance, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions about our response efforts, please feel free to contact me at (518) 775-5710.
Richard R. DeMallie, Ed. D.