Do not let the mattress bugs chew!

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Bob Morehead

Author of the Herald contributor

Barberton High School will only be out of the way on September 1st and 2nd while an exterminator looks for bed bugs.

Rector Henry Muren broadcast a district call at around 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 21, saying his office had taken several calls from parents who were concerned about the pests.

“As a precaution, we contacted an exterminator who is conducting another inspection of the school,” said Muren.

He said that since this takes place during school lessons, the children have to go away for a few days.

“We know how to do distance learning,” said Muren. “Let us do this.”

“Last week we opened a closet and found some bed bugs,” Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz told The Herald. “We called Stewart’s (Pest Control) and they handled and cleaned the closet. This wasn’t even an area students go to. “

However, Ramnytz said the news had got around and the parents called with concern, so the district decided to conduct a full inspection and treatment.

Bed bugs are not known to cause disease, but they are difficult to get rid of, cause itchy, uncomfortable stings, and if infested enough, cause anemia.

Image courtesy of Cuyahoga County Health Department