The Board of Education recognizes public health scientific evidence does not show bed bugs spread disease. Students should not be excluded from school due to bed bugs. If a suspected bed bug is found on a student or their belongings the Principal should privately and with dignity, follow the administrative guidelines prepared by the Superintendent in AG 8454.
What You Need to Know
Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. Bed bug infestation can be identified by bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or other body parts. Bite marks can take up to 14 days to develop. A bit may appear as a slightly swollen, reddened area that may itch or have irritation. You may want to contact your physician for help in treatments on the skin. Bites typically appear in a line, or they can be random.
Treatment & Prevention:
- The Licking County Health Department recommends homeowners hire pest control companies that are licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to control bed bugs.
- Avoid scratching your bites. You can apply antiseptic cream/lotion and take an antihistamine (example, Benadryl) to help with the itching/irritation.
- Regularly wash your bed sheets.
- Vacuum often, including upholstery or furniture.
- Clean up clutter. This prevents more places bed bugs can latch onto and infest.
- Regularly inspect your home, clothing, mattresses, and furniture.
Licking County Health Department Guidance
Centers For Disease Control Guidance
Environmental Protection Agency Guidance
Franklin County Public Health Guidance
The Facts about Bed Bugs
Prevention and Treatment
Local Pest Control Companies:
- LCHD for free treatment resources: 740-349-6535
- Zuckerman's Pest Management: 614-434-6645
- Ohio Exterminating Company: 614-294-6311
- Integrity Pest Solutions: 614-756-3119