WAUKESHA, WI — A single mattress bug was present in a Waukesha elementary college classroom, the College District of Waukesha introduced Tuesday.
The bug could have hitchhiked in somebody’s garments or belongings when getting into college, Lowell Elementary College principal Laurie Pogorzelski stated in a letter to oldsters.
One creepy-crawlie’s presence does not essentially imply there’s an infestation, however Pogorzelski stated a pest management firm would maintain look ahead to an outbreak.
College workers arrange bug traps and disinfected surfaces at Lowell, Pogorzelski stated. If the varsity must take additional measures to rid the varsity of mattress bugs, mother and father can be advised sooner or later.
“Fortunately, the varsity setting is not a pleasant atmosphere for mattress bugs to stay and reproduce, and
the chance of transferring mattress bugs from individual to individual in a faculty nonetheless stays small,” Pogorzelski stated.
Mattress bugs are sometimes discovered inside 8 to 10 ft of a mattress and feast totally on individuals’s blood, the Wisconsin Division of Well being Providers stated. They’re discovered throughout Wisconsin and might stay for some time with out consuming blood.
Milwaukee ranked No. 32 for mattress bug therapies in 2021 in an inventory compiled by Orkin, a pest management firm. Chicago, Baltimore and Washington have been the highest three for cities with creepy crawlers.