Classrooms In Hampton School Treated For Bed Bugs
WVEC.com (Norfolk, VA)
Friday, February 17, 2012
HAMPTON - A spokeswoman for Hampton City Schools told 13News
classrooms at Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary School would
undergo a second treatment for bed bugs Friday.
Earlier in the week, staff members found the bugs in 2
classrooms of the building. Letters went home to parents who have
children in those classrooms.
"When I get the letter, my child's been home, she's been all
over my house for an hour," said parent Michele Cavanaugh,
frustrated the only notification came via letter. "It is so easy to
send a Connect-Ed message. It's free. I don't know what the problem
was. I don't know why that wasn't utilized, and I don't know why
the entire school wasn't notified."
Cavanaugh received the letter Wednesday, the same day
contractors treated her daughter's classroom. On Thursday, her
daughter's teacher recovered another bug.
"They all share a same coat closet. They all hang their bookbags
in the same place, so if a child's bringing 'em in, it's likely to
be on everybody's stuff in that classroom," noted Cavanaugh. "I
don't want bed bugs coming to my house, 'cause I know the City
of Hampton isn't going to come out and treat my house if an
infestation comes home on my child."
While bed bugs do not transmit diseases, they do feed off
people's blood. They grow in number rapidly, hiding in any kind of
crack or crevice. They often infest mattresses and can be found in
or on other pieces of furniture. Even piping on cushions or pillows
provide hiding spaces. They can latch onto clothing or bags easily,
making it easy for them to spread from one place to another.
An expert on bed bugs told 13News bed bugs in school settings
are not uncommon. In fact, he, personally, knows of 8 cases during
the past year in different cities in Hampton Roads including
Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Portsmouth.
While treatment methods vary, the most critical element is
inspection by a person who is certified in the removal of bed bugs.
Multiple treatments then follow to ensure the issue is addressed
HCS spokeswoman Ann Stephens-Cherry told 13News in addition to
another treatment planned for the infected classrooms, staff
members intended to meet about the situation again Friday.