2 Bed Bugs Found in Saucon Valley Elementary School

Saucon Valley Elementary School officials reported Monday in an email to parents that over the weekend, two bed bugs were found in the school. However, they indicated that there is no need for alarm because the matter is being addressed.

“The items on which the bugs were found were bagged and removed,” the email from principal Cynthia Motter and associate principal Jim Deegan said. “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.”

School officials said bedbugs “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.”

Anyone with specifc questions about bed bugs in their child’s school should contact the principal or school nurse directly.

More information is also available online, from various sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the EPA, and the district has shared a Bed Bugs Fact Sheet on its website.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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