March 13, 2017
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Over the weekend, we found two bed bugs in your child’s school. The items, on which the bugs were found, were bagged and removed.
Bed bugs are a nuisance, but their bites are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. The bite does not hurt at first, but it may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite. Watch for clusters of bites, usually in a line, on exposed areas of the body. If you have concerns for you or your child, please contact your doctor.
The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as bed bugs may be found in many places including hotels, planes, and movie theaters. Even though it is unlikely for bed bugs to be spread in schools, Saucon Valley School District will conduct additional inspections. We will continue to work with professionals to identify bed bugs, provide thorough inspections of schools, and have licensed pest control specialists treat the rooms if a problem is found.
Contact your physician for proper care and treatment of bed bug bites and view the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control CDC and Environmental Protection Agency website for more information:
If you have any questions regarding bed bugs in your school, please contact the principal or school nurse. We will be sending this information home in hard copy as well.
Cynthia Motter and Jim Deegan
Principal Associate Principal
Journal of American Medical Association: Bed Bugs