No Bed Bugs Present In Central Valley School District
There is no physical evidence of bed bugs -- dead or alive -- in the Central Valley School District. In all four buildings there were a total of 65 positive alerts of a presence of the scent of bed bugs.
School district officials say that's the determination after a team of three trained dogs and their handlers checked each of the district's four school buildings.
The dogs did not alert staff to any scents in the CVA lobby or near the library wall where a student reportedly snapped photos of a bed bug he posted to social media. Although the presence of the bed bugs physically were not found at the school, a final Orkin report indicates that there were scents, or alerts, of bed bugs possibly from students' homes. Here is what was included in the report.
Thank you for allowing Orkin the opportunity to inspect your schools for the potential presence of Cimex lectularius ( commonly referred to as "bed bugs").
Over the course of February 10th, 11th, and 12thth all four schools were inspected and our K-9 team received 65 alerts. An alert is defined as detecting the presence or odor associated with a live bed bug or viable egg. An alert is not a positive indicator of infestation. For example, a piece of clothing from a location with active bed bug activity would trigger an alert. Upon an alert, staff conduct a visual inspection for the actual presence of bed bug activity and or evidence (eggs, bugs, cast skins, fecal material). No activity or evidence was discovered.
Based on the above, there is no information to support a bed bug infestation at this time. Although no treatment is recommended at this time, a proactive approach that includes periodic inspections and training of staff is recommended to assist in the prevention, identification, and early detection of bed bugs. This training is offered to our customers at no additional charge.
Again, I want to thank you for the opportunity to help Central Valley School District.
The district has no plans to treat the buildings.
Officials say without any evidence of bed bugs present, Orkin representatives said it would be irresponsible to apply any preventative pesticides.
Orkin does plan to work with Central Valley staff to identify bed bugs and ways to avoid a bed bug infestation.
"We hope this lays to rest anyone's concerns regarding bed bugs in school," said Superintendent Richard Hughes. "The district spent $9,000, fielded numerous messages from concerned families, and saw students' education interrupted. This has been a learning experience for all of us."