Bed bug problem at Deptford High School

DEPTFORD, N.J. (WPVI) -- An Emergency Pesticide Use notice was posted on Deptford High School's website Friday, saying bed bugs were found fully engorged on a student in the school.

Parents picking up their kids at Deptford High School say they're on high alert.

Michelle Gugel says, "Just make sure all the clothes are removed and taken well care of. Do not want them in my house."

The school is being treated for the small insects that cause itchy, mosquito-like bites, according to its website.

Pesticides were used in the school beginning Wednesday and extermination will continue into next week after school hours.

Part of the school's online statement says:

"Finding a bed bug does not mean that our school building is infested. Bed bugs are often unknowingly brought into the school by building occupants and as a result we may have future sightings."

Stephanie Smith works for a pest control company, and she says the key to getting rid of bed bugs is heat.

Smith tells us, "It's not a cleanliness issue. It's the heat of the washer and dryer that's going to kill them. They don't care if you're clean or dirty."

The school says maintenance staff will continue to inspect the school and exterminate as needed, and encouraged parents to call a doctor with any health concerns.

Parents are also urged to call a pest control company of they see bed bugs at home.

Charles Walker wasn't concerned about sending his daughter to school after hearing about the bugs.

Action News reached out to school and district officials, but our calls and emails were not returned.
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