LOUISVILLE, KY - Concerned parents of Iroquois High School
students said bedbugs surfaced earlier this week in class.
But Jefferson County Public Schools officials said it was never
Multiple parents turned to Facebook to voice their opinions
about the bedbug situation. Some even contacted WLKY News
According to a statement from JCPS, a teacher found something
she thought was a bedbug Monday.
The Iroquois students were moved and the room was inspected
immediately. JCPS said nothing was found.
"Initially what we ask the principal, the teacher to do is to
get the live bedbug with a piece of tape," said Chuck Fleischer
with JCPS environmental safety.
On Tuesday, a squashed bug was found in a different Iroquois
Teachers couldn't identify the bug, but to be safe, JCPS said a
second check was done. Again, no problem was found.
"Bedbugs do not want to be at school. They're like our kids.
They want to be at home in the bed," said Fleischer.
The Jefferson County Health Department said that's because
bedbugs feed at night.
Since April 2010, Fleischer said JCPS have had around two dozen
cases where bed bugs were found at their schools.
Of those cases, inspectors found additional bugs in the room in
question only six times. In each of those times it was only one
"We are finding them, but they're very sporadic and usually a
loner," said Fleischer.
No bedbugs were found at Iroquois High School this week.
The parents who initially contacted WLKY News did not return
phone calls Friday.
Fleischer described how JCPS initially gets rid of the
"Mainly, we vacuum, and then we'll use steam. Steam clean the
carpet or upholstery, whatever the case may be," said
Fleischer said officials haven't had to yet, but JCPS would
treat the area more aggressively if it needs to.
He said all the paranoia about these insects may be thanks to a
classic saying many hear as a child.
"Night night, don't let the bed bugs bite," said Fleischer.
The Jefferson County Health Department said bedbugs are
typically site specific, and it's very unlikely a student would
carry them home.
Both the Health Department and JCPS officials said bedbugs found
in school typically come from a student's home.
The Health Department said the bugs aren't likely to multiply
very quickly at school.