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Three MCSD students exposed to bed bugs

April 25, 2018

The district has learned that three students, who attend three different Monticello Central School District (MCSD) schools have been exposed to bedbugs. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sharing this information with all families in the district.

According to the New York State Department of Health, bed bugs are small, flat wingless insects that are reddish-brown in color and approximately one-quarter inch long (about the size and shape of a small apple seed). They hide during the day on beds (mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, and headboards) and in cracks and crevices of walls, floors and furniture. They come out at night and feed on blood, but are not known to spread any diseases to humans. The bite does not hurt at first, but it may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite.

The district’s maintenance team will perform a complete cleaning and spraying at the affected schools. MCSD will continue to monitor the situation, districtwide, and work to identify any other potential bed bug issues.

If you have any questions regarding bed bugs in your school, please contact your building principal. If you have any questions regarding bed bugs found in your home, contact your family physician, local health officer or visit:
https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/pests/bedbugs.htm