Maine school closed after bedbugs discovered

Posted Oct. 05, 2010, at 7:20 a.m.

SABATTUS, Maine — The Sabattus Primary School in Maine is closed because bedbugs were discovered in two classrooms.

Sabattus Superintendent James Hodgkin says the bedbugs were isolated to the two classrooms in the kindergarten through grade 2 building.

“The group came in today and discovered that there were two outbreaks of bedbugs,” said Hodgkin. “There were two rooms where they found an occurrence of bedbugs. They were very isolated within those rooms.”

Hodgkin said the discovery, made by specially trained dogs, led to the decision to close the building in hopes of containing the problem. He said district maintenance crews already cleaned the rooms and a pest control company would be in Wednesday to exterminate the bugs.

Hodgkin tells the Sun Journal newspaper the pest control company was brought after a parent came Friday to ask about bites on their child’s arm.