What you need to know about bed bugs
Syracuse, N.Y. —
Bed Bugs are the size of an apple seed and can live anywhere, even a high school.
"Because they're so hard to detect, it doesn't mean that they haven't been there," says Gannon Pest Control expert Jennifer Savastino.
She's been working in pest control for almost 20 years and has never seen bed bugs an at area school. Now, she says she's not surprised the pests made their way to Henninger High School.
"Bed bugs are hitchhikers, so basically if you sit in a seat at a restaurant or a movie theater after someone who may have them because they're in their home, they could attach to you and come home with you," adds Savastino.
Unfortunately, bed bug prevention is tricky. It begins with a good routine at home.
"If your son or daughter is in that school district I would say to start emptying out backpacks, shake them out on the front porch, just be a little bit more diligent when they come and go," says Savastino. "Throw stuff right in the washing machine. Washing things on the highest setting and dry them and that will kill anything."
There are some misconceptions when it comes to these pests. They are nocturnal and will mostly bite at night. They also need fabric or a rough surface to attach to.
"It's not a cleanliness issue at all," says Savastino. "Try to sleep on light colored sheets because if you wake up in the morning and a bed bug feeds on you, there's a drop of blood."
Savastino says the situation at Henninger High School isn't critical, so don't feel the need to keep your children home from school.
"I would not go in at this point and start treating the whole place and spreading chemicals," says Savastino. "What I would do is very specifically monitor the situation with some lures that will catch things that will ensure this doesn't continue.
The Syracuse City School District says it has already disinfected the rooms where the bugs were found.