Lakewood 'Outs' Bed Bugs in Timely, Orderly Manner
APP.com (The Asbury Park Press)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Bedbugs love the dark. But last month, when a pair of the pests
was found in Lakewood High School, school officials did their best
to shine a light on the problem.
Once the insects were identified, the school contacted the Ocean
County Health Department and followed to the letter its "bedbugs in
school tool kit" - a seven-page memo outlining proper procedures
for dealing with the infestation.
Because the bedbugs were discovered on a Friday, officials were
able to properly sanitize the school for students by Monday. A
letter, in English and Spanish, was sent home with students early
the following week.
Although bedbugs do not spread disease, the aftereffects of
their bites can be irritating, with red, itchy welts, similar to a
Lakewood school officials deserve credit for their quick
response to the problem and their efforts to educate the staff
about the issue. We hope that education continues, especially with
the students, who could unnecessarily stigmatize children who are
discovered with a bedbug on their person or belongings. Anyone can
transport a bedbug, and the insects can find a home in backpacks,
clothing, luggage, books and other items.
No one wants an infestation in their school. But the Lakewood
Board of Education acted quickly and properly in this case.