State: Schools don’t need to close if bedbugs are found

Posted Oct. 12, 2010, at 8:07 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine health official says schools don’t need to be closed if bedbugs are discovered in them.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says schools that find bedbugs should bring in pest management experts who can determine if the case is an infestation or a few individual insects. Rooms where the bedbugs are found should be treated, but schools do not need to be closed.

Sears’ comments came after the Sabattus Primary School closed for two days last week because bedbugs were found in a classroom.

In response the state issued guidelines about what to do in similar situations.

Sears tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston that bedbugs aren’t likely to overwhelm schools because no on sleeps in them.