February 27, 2024


Mattress bugs or their bites have been discovered on Revere college students on three separate events within the final two weeks, college officers mentioned.

Mattress bugs do not fly, however they’ll “hitchhike” from individual to individual through private belongings, based on the Massachusetts Division of Public Well being. AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster, File

Faculty officers in Revere are asking households to test their youngsters’s backpacks for indicators of mattress bugs after the pests — or proof of their bites — have been discovered on a handful of scholars just lately. 

In a letter to employees and households Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent Richard Gallucci mentioned the district contacted the Revere Board of Well being after discovering mattress bugs or mattress bug bites on college students in three separate incidents over the past two weeks. 

Gallucci didn’t say which faculties have been affected.

For all three incidents, “Along with offering help for the coed and their household, we professionally handled any classroom (and adjoining school rooms) the place mattress bugs have been current,” Gallucci wrote. These remedies, he mentioned, have been according to protocols from the Massachusetts Division of Public Well being’s Group Sanitation Program. 

In line with the Division of Public Well being, mattress bugs don’t transmit illnesses. Whereas the bugs don’t fly, they are often transported by “hitchhiking” on private belongings, the state company defined. 

“Sadly, the prevalence of mattress bugs within the lodge business and in multi-unit housing throughout america has change into way more widespread,” the Division of Public Well being explains on its web site. “Mattress bugs have gotten an rising downside in lots of cities and cities. This can be as a result of extra individuals are touring in a foreign country to locations the place mattress bugs are an issue.” 

In his letter, Gallucci referred Revere households to the DPH web site for extra recommendations on monitoring, stopping, and treating the unfold of mattress bugs. 

“We’re asking that households intently monitor any baggage or backpacks that your college students take to high school for the subsequent a number of weeks to make sure that your pupil doesn’t have any indicators of mattress bugs,” he added.