Bedbugs found in Trenton schools

Bedbugs have been found in two cities in Trenton, fearing parents, teachers, & students of infestation.

Trenton Central High School West sent out a letter to parents last Friday alerting them one bedbug had been found at the school. The schools district building and grounds executive director said the P.J. Hill Elementary School had also discovered they had bed bugs.

The grandmother of a Junior in Trenton Central High School West, Dawn Wilburn, stated her grandson told her he saw bed bugs on his classmates back. He also saw some girls in his class scratching themselves.

Wilburn’s had bedbugs in her apartment before, and had to discard all her furniture. Now, when her grandson goes over, she searches his clothing and backpack before he enters the house.

The director said the district had already cleared down several classrooms and common areas at the West State Street high school campus with alcohol, the state’s mandated treatment from bed bug exterminators in NJ.

The director, Collins, did not want bed bug control in NJ to exterminate because the state did not want harmful chemicals to be sprayed and will be harmful to the kids.

Collins stated schools are trying to pinpoint which student or staff member had a bed bug hitchhike on them, but it’s hard to narrow down.

If a student has bites or is dealing with a bed bug infestation at home, the school will refer the situation to the city’s health and human services department, which will have this department go out and examine the home of the student for bed bugs. If bed bugs are found, the student can not go back to school until the infestation has been treated and eliminated.

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