Bedbugs treatment at DHS doesn’t mean infestation exists

Sophia DiGregorio

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People have been living with bugs under their noses for centuries.

In their homes, cars and even the schools they attend.

“Any building as massive as this building that has as many people in and out of it every single day has organisms in it,” principal Tim Hamblin wrote in an email.

In January 2018 one adult bedbug was found in a Derby High classroom, according to Hamblin.

An American Pest Management employee said that even a report of only one bedbug on the premises would entail the company treating the whole building.

The school district only initially treats the room in which the bedbug found along with the rooms around it.

However most bedbug treatments require a follow-up — just because there is one bedbug doesn’t mean there isn’t eggs.

Despite the fact that it isn’t an infestation, it is still treated like one in order to prevent it.

There have been two other reports of bedbugs in DHS classrooms.

One bedbug was found on March 4 and another was found on April 2.

“The district has an ongoing relationship with a pest control contractor for monthly treatments of common pests and insects,” wrote Joe Dessenberger, the Director of Operations, in an email to  Hamblin.

Dealing with bedbugs in a school environment requires you to inspect and monitor the problem and report the sightings to the appropriate official, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says that bedbugs are considered a nuisance and do not transmit any diseases, so there is no requirement to notify anyone whenever bedbugs are found.

The district is not required to tell the students whether or not there are bedbugs in their classrooms.

But after every inspection, the results are given to the appropriate official and analyzed to determine the best plan of action.