Walkersville Middle School Principal Stacey Hiltner notified the community Tuesday afternoon of a possible incidence of bed bugs in the school’s girls locker room. “We have contacted specialists who will make a determination as soon as possible. In the meantime, the girls locker room is closed to students
“We have contacted specialists who will make a determination as soon as possible. In the meantime, the girls locker room is closed to students,” Hiltner wrote in a letter.
Tonight, Assistant Principal David Early wrote GladeValley.net to share that:
“I am happy to report professionals have been to the school and determined the beetles are not bedbugs. They appear to be a similar looking species that had moved into the building as a result of the recent rains. They pose no health threat and the custodians have cleaned the locker rooms of them.”
Bed bugs are a nuisance, but they are not known to cause or spread disease.
The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as they may be found in many places, including hotels, airplanes, buses, hospitals, department stores and movie theaters. Finding a bed bug does not mean that our school building is infested. Building occupants often unknowingly bring bed bugs into the school. FCPS always works to identify pests, provide thorough inspections of schools and have licensed pest control specialists treat rooms as appropriate.
If you have experienced bed bugs in your home, we strongly recommend seeking professional assistance from a qualified pest control company,” she continued in her letter.
If your child has any bites, you should contact your health care provider and our school health room.
If you are concerned that your child may have come in contact with bed bugs, one way to ensure the bed bugs are killed on clothing and other items is to place them in the dryer for 20 minutes.
Further information on preventing bed bugs are available on the following websites.
. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bed bug information website:
. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) bed bug information websites: