NJ Education Officials Take Aim at Bed Bugs
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
New Jersey education officials hope to fend off "big headaches"
from a tiny source: bed bugs.
The state has alerted district chiefs to a webinar titled "Bed Bugs
Go to School." The 90-minute program promises to teach them how to
develop a "bed bug action plan" and avoid litigation from the itchy
"Bed bugs can, and will hitchhike into your school," warns the U.
S. Environmental Protection Agency in its pitch to recruit
participants for the June 18 webinar. "The school can be bed bug
free one day and have bed bugs brought in the next."
The webinar will tell educators what to do about bed bug sightings
and possible bites, and how to limit items brought to school in
backpacks. The memo to district leaders, distributed Monday, noted
that the key to prevention is to teach everyone to stop bed bugs at
their source, and "99 percent of the time this is the home."