In New York City schools, people are saying the bed bug situation is getting worse. Children are learning a tough lesson about bed bugs because they have found their way of life in many classrooms.
A teacher of 23 years stated he has never seen it this bad. Kids are required to now take their book bags and coats, put it in big blue bags, zip them up and hang them up. In the first two months of this school year there were 330 confirmed cases of bed bugs in NYC schools, compared with last year, there were only 135.
Bed bugs have been spreading and the city has been cutting back on exterminators. Nine years ago there were 77 exterminators and 149 pest control aids. Now there are only 33 exterminators and 28 pest control aids. Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, stated, “No wonder bed bug are winning and thriving in schools”.
The school employees were told if they see a bed bug, they are to catch them, put them in an envelope and mail it to the department of education. When they confirm it is a bed bug, that is when an exterminator will be sent out to exterminate the school. Many parents are upset because they feel as if the bites show enough proof that there are bed bugs.