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Cleaning procedure for confirmed cases of bedbugs at MCSD

April 27, 2018

At Monticello CSD when a bedbug is visibly confirmed, a three-step cleaning process ensues to eradicate the pests.

First, the maintenance team performs a complete wipe down of the room(s) where bedbugs were identified, as well as any common areas, such as the gymnasium, library, nurse’s office, etc. The team wipes down all surfaces with a disinfectant.

After students and staff have left the building, the team then uses an aerosol spray on all carpeted surfaces that is designed to kill bedbugs, dust mites, lice, ticks and fleas. Once the carpet has been sprayed with this solution, it is then vacuumed.

Finally, the maintenance team uses an electrostatic gun that emits a magnetically-charged spray to sanitize and disinfect all affected rooms and school buses. The gun enables mist droplets to coat 100% of the surface areas, including crevices and cracks where bedbugs may hide, and kills all bugs or parasites on treated areas for a week.

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.

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