Bed Bugs Found At Elementary School
WLKY.com (Louisville, KY)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
LOUISVILLE, KY - More bedbugs have been found at a
Jefferson County public school.
Parents of students at Stonestreet Elementary in Louisville said
they're frustrated with how the school is handling it.
Parents told WLKY that they're not happy with the way Jefferson
County Public Schools officials send out letters to let them know a
bedbug was found. They say everyone should receive one of these
letters, not just the students in the classroom where a bug was
"These children ride the bus together, they are in the cafeteria
together, so just because it was found in that one room on that
child's backpack, OK, that child possibly rode the bus to school
that day," said Tammy Arthur, who pulled her 3-year-old daughter
from the pre-k program at Stonestreet after a bedbug was found in
her daughter's class last week.
Arthur said another bedbug was found in a different Stonestreet
classroom two weeks earlier.
"I don't think they're taking care of the problem or taking it
as serious as they should be," she said. "I think they're trying to
cover something up."
Arthur worries that the lack of overall awareness could
jeopardize her family's health and her pocket book -- an
exterminator can cost $300 to $500 to treat bedbugs in an
apartment; a three-bedroom house can be close to $1,000, not to
mention all the time needed to eliminate the insects.
"Typically, when we do it after they have everything ready and
we come in, they need to be out of the home for five or six hours,"
said Richard Mahoney, technical director of Bright Pest
Arthur told WLKY that other parents have held their kids out of
school because a bedbug was found.
She said her daughter won't return to Stonestreet.
Two weeks ago, WLKY investigated parent complaints about bedbugs
at Iroquois High School.
None were found.
JCPS used to send letters home once a bug was discovered. Last
week, the policy changed. Now letters go home after the classroom
The school district said they don't expect more changes to their
most recent policy.
JCPS spokeswoman Lauren Roberts said there have been no
infestations at any of their schools, but says finding the
occasional bedbug is a problem that's not going to go away.