District: No bed bug infestation found at McKinley High School

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CANTON, Ohio — An inspection of McKinley High School in Canton revealed no bed bug infestation there, according to district officials.

After days of rumors on social media, the Canton City School District Tuesday said a bed bug was found in the C.T. Branin Natatorium, which is separate from the high school building.

A statement posted on the district’s website stated:

“While it is possible that students may have seen a bedbug while at school prior to today, Tuesday was the first day a sighting was confirmed. Seeing one bedbug does not indicate that an infestation exists as was erroneously shared via social media.

To the contrary, the bedbug found today at the district’s natatorium likely came from outside the school. The Canton City Health Department assured the district that bedbugs do not thrive in a school setting. Bedbugs like dark, warm places and do not come out among the busyness of a classroom.”

Inspectors said it’s highly doubtful that students are in danger of being bit while sitting in class because the bugs have such an aversion to light and noise.

Treatments were applied as a precaution within the high school and natatorium.

In Cuyahoga County, bed bugs were confirmed at three Parma schools in two days, even forcing an elementary school to close.

More information on bed bugs from the Centers for Disease Control here.