City School Steam-Cleans To Eliminate Bed Bugs
Thursday, February 9, 2012
TRENTON, NJ - After a series of bedbug sightings at the city's
Daylight/Twilight High School on East Hanover Street, district
officials say they are working to wipe them out and prevent any
After two sightings in different parts of the building last
month, the district closed the school early last Thursday to
conduct a steam-cleaning and kill the pests. Still, district
facilities director Everett Collins yesterday confirmed there were
two additional sightings this week.
"The unfortunate thing about the bedbug is you can fumigate, but
the next day a student could come in and bring a fresh one,"
Collins said. "Unfortunately, that's what's occurring at this
In connection with the original sightings last month, Collins
said the district has identified two students whose homes had
"We kept those students out of school with home instructional
material while the situation was eradicated," he said. "Once it's
been eradicated and we get proof of that, we'll allow the students
back in the school."
Whenever the district manages to identify students who have
brought bedbugs into school from home, he said, officials notify
the city's Health & Human Services Department, which works with
landlords and homeowners to mitigate the problem.
The district is now trying to find out where the new bedbugs
came from, Collins said.
"Any person can bring in another bedbug, so it's an ongoing
process," he said.
In addition to steam-cleaning, he said, the district uses a
citrus-based disinfecting solution to wipe down surfaces in any
parts of the building where bedbugs have been detected.