Bed Bug Information

Akron Public Schools takes its lead on dealing with bed bugs from the Summit County Public Health Department, which considers the bugs a nuisance but not a serious health threat because their bites are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. The bite does not hurt at first; but it may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite. We tell our parents to watch for clusters of bites, usually in a line, on exposed areas of the body. 

The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as bed bugs may be found in many places including hotels, planes, and movie theaters. Even though it is unlikely for bed bugs to be spread in schools, at APS we will always conduct an inspection and, if needed, will treat the area where the bed bug was found.

We will continue to work to identify bed bugs, provide thorough inspections of schools, and have licensed pest control specialists evaluate and treat the rooms if a problem is found.

Occasionally, we will have students place their belongings in large, sealable plastic bags as a preventative measure if we find a bug or suspect any until such time that we can get our pest control specialist in to treat the area.

So far, our protocol has been very effective at stopping the spread of bed bugs. We also direct anyone with questions regarding bed bugs to contact the Summit County Health Department at 330.923.4891

If you have any questions regarding bed bugs found in your home, refer to the links below. They provides several sources for additional information.