Bed bugs can be found in many public places. Although people can unknowingly carry bed bugs with them into a school building, schools are not a friendly environment for bed bugs to live and reproduce.
The Department of Education is committed to identifying pests, providing thorough inspections of schools, and having licensed pest control specialists treat rooms as appropriate. The Bed Bug Information Kit contains instructions about submitting a suspected bed bug for identification and information about inspections and treatment provided by the DOE Pest Management Unit.
If a specimen found in a school is confirmed by the Pest Management Unit to be a bed bug, principals may notify parents using the letter in the Kit, which is also available in Arabic Bengali Chinese French Haitian-Creole Korean Russian Spanish Urdu.
For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website, read Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely, or call 311.
If the DOE Pest Management Unit finds that a school is infested (bed bugs living and reproducing in an area), parents of all the students in the building will be notified and DOE will provide the appropriate treatment in the affected school areas.
To report any concerns, please contact IPM@schools.nyc.gov