Bed Bugs At A Local School

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

You don't usually think of bed bugs when you think of classrooms, but that's exactly where the blood suckers were found at the Big Sandy Schools in Simla, east of Colorado Springs.

The bed bugs were found in one of the outside classrooms. The school district sent home a letter to parents as soon as they found out about the problem.

Bed bugs are the size of lentils, but can take months to get out of your house if you have a serious infestation. Only a few of the bugs have been found at Simla's public school, but it still has some students and parents worried.

"The classroom next to where she's at, that's where they found it so that's why they cancelled school tomorrow so they can get rid of it all,” Jack Swanenpoel, the father of a 5-year-old student, said.

He says the rest of the school will be open Tuesday, and that Big Sandy Schools are just taking precautions. 11 News talked to the superintendent who told us the school schedule will be back to normal Wednesday.

"They have everything under control,” the father said.

One student is still worried about her home.

"I texted my mom and was like, 'Mom the kids that have the bed bugs were at our house,’” Morgan Dwyer said.

So far she says they haven't found any.

Usually bed bugs stay where people sleep, like in the mattress, and feed at night.

"It's really disgusting,” Dwyer said.

They can spread between homes, when they attach to clothing, especially in more urban areas.

"Families around here have been checking their kids and stuff, because they don't want anything bad to happen, any bugs to get sent home,” Dwyer said.

The school’s note home makes clear that the school wants to make sure that doesn't happen either.

According to health experts, bed bugs don't pass any diseases. If you had them, you'd know by their bites, which usually show up as small red welts. They're often in sets of three. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, experts say sticky traps are a good way to catch them and confirm you have an infestation.

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  • by Megan Location: Indiana on Jan 17, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    Yuck! Bedbugs are a problem that starts out little and turns almost uncontainable within just a few days. I hope this school gets things under control. If you are looking for immediate help for your home, I suggest a product called Diatomaceous Earth. It is safe and easy to use, and most importantly, inexpensive! Learn more about Diatomaceous Earth at Garden Harvest Supply here:
  • by Rhonda Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Bedbud Follow up Story? A friend in Denver had bedbugs and the only way to truly kill the little buggers is with heat. Simla needs to debug the entire facility as the pests move around and spot chemical solutions simply don't end the infestation. Simla and the general pubic needs to hear about heat remediation - Bed Bug Busters from Castle Rock. They were professional and did the job right ' the first time'. or call Bernie Clements 303-619-0899
  • by Concerned Location: CSC on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    Can someone explain to me why bedbugs DO NOT pass disease from person to person. Or from animals to people. Bedbugs suck your blood. Its not like they wash their hands or wear gloves. Say a bedbug bites/sucks the blood of a person or animal that has a bloodborne disease. Then bites/suck your blood. How is there not a risk of that bloodborne disease not being spread???????
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    Transferred coat to coat on the coat rack. Then kids bring the coats home and guess what? Wanna bet?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    I noticed that the accusations started flying the heck does this megan know who had bed bugs??? they could have come from a teacher, janitor or a delivery truck...a friend of mine stayed at the plaza in new york...and guess what......they had an infestation...just deal with it...but please dont blame anyone cuz you never will truly know how they got there
  • by anonymous1 on Jan 17, 2012 at 05:48 AM
    send those suckers to the enemy
  • by CSmom Location: cs on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM
    Now we will know where the typical negative Simla Gossip will start from "I texted my mom and was like, 'Mom the kids that have the bed bugs were at our house,’” Morgan Dwyer said."
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    Why are there beds in a school. Take the beds out and that should solve the problem
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