Bed Bug Discovered in New Lebanon School
WHIOtv.com (Dayton, OH)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
NEW LEBANON, OH - Extermination efforts were under way in a New
Lebanon middle school on Tuesday after one bed bug was discovered
in a computer lab the day before.
The lab at Dixie Middle School is expected to be open today after
the extermination, which was set to take place following the middle
school's dismissal on Tuesday. Superintendent Barbara Curry said
the district took every precaution after the single bed bug was
"We immediately contacted the health department," Curry said.
"Their recommendation was to exterminate the room."
Health officials did not say it was necessary to close the
building, she said. Curry, who is going on her sixth year as
superintendent, said bed bugs have never been an issue at the
building for as long as she has overseen the district.
The 1/4- to 3/8-inch, brown, oval-shaped bugs are not known to
carry disease, but their bites that feed on blood cause itching and
irritation. They can travel on clothing to move from place to
An automated phone call from the district went out to families of
students on Monday night informing them of the situation. Bill
Wharton, a spokesman for Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery
County, said the department offers packets of materials and
instructions to schools to inform them of how to address bed bugs
if they are found.
It's not uncommon for a bed bug to drop in a school, he said. "A
single bed bug is not a problem," Wharton said. "An infestation is
an entirely different thing."