MOUNT VERNON — After making inquiries to the Knox County Career Center all week, confirmation was received by the News on Friday that an exterminator had been called to inspect a classroom for bed bugs.
“One bed bug was found in our ECE (Early Childhood Education) classroom. It was determined to come from a student’s book bag. Orkin was called into the school and there was no threat determined in this matter. The bed bug was captured and eliminated,” said Superintendent Bernie Pachmayer in an email.
The email was received after the News made calls to several members of the board of education because calls to Kirk and Pachmayer were not returned.
Pam Palm of the Knox County Health Department said the department had not been informed of any issues with bed bugs at the career center. She added, “That doesn’t mean there have not been any because schools are not required to reports such issues to the health department.”
From a health standpoint, Palm said, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but the bites from bed bugs can be problematic and their presence can be destructive and a nuisance.
Regardless of one’s hygiene, financial status or place of residence, bed bugs can infest one’s home.
“Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers,” states the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force website, “and though they only feed on humans and rapidly retreat, they can be found in many locations.”
According to the health department, bed bugs are blood feeders, and usually bite at night. The bite itself may be painless, but most people develop itchy welts after they have been bitten, and some individuals may be allergic to the bites.
If bed bugs are suspected, the health department can help with identification of the bugs and give suggestions on how to get rid of them.
Palm said the Knox County Health department follows the guidelines provided by the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force, and there is also a section on the health department’s website on bed bugs that gives a good overview http://www.knoxhealth.com/index.php/your-family/bugs-a-bites.
An article that was published Saturday regarding a bed bug found at the Knox County Career Center should have stated a representative of the center did contact the Knox County Health Department to report the finding of the bug. The report, however, came in after the News made inquiries to the health department concerning the incident.
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