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Holley school takes action after finding bed bugs in 2 elementary classrooms

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 January 2017 at 9:59 am

HOLLEY – The school district has found bed bugs in two elementary school classrooms recently. It brought in an exterminator to treat the classroom, as well as adjacent rooms and the hallway.

“We’re staying on top of it,” said Robert D’Angelo, the school district superintendent. “At this point it looks like we’re in good shape.”

Karri Schiavone, the elementary school principal, sent a notice to parents urging them to be on the look out for the bugs.

They are “hitch hikers” and can attach to student backpacks, coats and clothes, and move from one location to another, D’Angelo said.

The district has advised people to wash and dry clothes on the highest heat for 60 minutes. That heat is effective at killing bed bugs and their eggs.

Clothing, linens and other items that cannot be washed should be dried on high heat for 20 to 30 minutes, the district suggested.

Schiavone told parents in a letter that two live bed bugs and two dead ones were discovered. D’Angelo said district staff continue to be looking closely for any of the bugs. He urged the community to also take precautions.

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