9 On Your Side investigates who's responsible for bed bug proble - WRBL

9 On Your Side investigates who's responsible for bed bug problems

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AYDEN, N.C. - A few bed bug infested homes is causing concern in the Town of Ayden.

About five months ago, school officials at Ayden Elementary School were notified that some of their students were coming to school from some bed bug infested homes. That is when the school stepped in to make sure the students and the school were protected.

A parent contacted 9 On Your Side after they received a letter that beg bugs had been confirmed at the homes of students who attend Ayden Elementary School.

The letter warns parents that bed bugs are considered a nuisance and aren't known to spread disease. It also informed parents that is unlikely the bed bugs infested the school. However, it does tell parents that if they have any questions or concerns to contact the school principal or a family doctor.

The letter went on to state that school officials are aware of the issue are have taken several steps to protect students at the elementary school.

“We’ve purchases washers and dryers at the school. Every morning the kids have their clothes changed [and] book bags replaced.  They get the cleaner clothes at the end of the day [and] they go home. [When] they come back the situation is still there we have to take these steps all over again,” said Pitt County Schools Public Information Officer Brock Letchworth.

9 On Your Side has learned the families of the students affected were been notified and advised on how to fix the problem in September of 2013.

Pitt County Schools says that they are in contact with environmental health and the Town of Ayden to find out what steps can be taken in the community and at the infested homes.

9 On Your Side did some investigating to find out if anything can be done at the local or state level to fix the problem. North Carolina Department of Agriculture Bed Bug Specialist, Jung Kim says unless the homes in question are public housing, it's up to the property manager or homeowner to fix the problem.

9 On Your Side did learn that a couple of units at the Ayden Housing Authority were sprayed for pest in the last two months. The Housing Authority says it is responsible for fixing pest issues in their units. The Housing Authority says if the problems continues due to tenants negligence, then they do have the right to terminate the lease.

As for Pitt County Schools, it says it will continue to take the necessary steps to protect the children until they can be the beg bug problem at the affected homes have been resolved.

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