PORTSMOUTH-- A third Portsmouth school is dealing with bed bugs.

According to the school division, there was a bed bug found at Churchland High School on a student Wednesday afternoon around dismissal time.

The first beg bug sighting was on a student at Lakeview Elementary on January 31 and soon after that I.C. Norcom also had students with bites from bed bugs.

Division spokesperson Maureen Mizelle says that parents of Churchland H.S. students got a call on Wednesday evening as a precaution.

Beginning Thursday, students were issued plastic bags and asked to bag-up their backpacks and jackets during the day. There were also letters sent home to all students giving them more information about bed bugs.

The Virginia Department of Health says that bed bugs at schools are not a public health concern because they do not spread disease.

They believe the bugs keep showing up at the schools because of issues at home and they've offered these tips to families.

Here are some tips from the Portsmouth Health Department:

  • Remember bed bugs are not life-threatening.
  • Wash and dry your clothing and bedding on the hot cycle. A residential dryer can be effective for killing bed bugs on any soft articles which are 'dryer safe'.
  • Thorough and repeated vacuuming on all bedding, cracks and crevices, carpeting and base boards can remove bed bugs and eggs.
  • Diatomaceous earth powder (Roach Proof) is a very effective method of pest control in crack/crevice treatment.
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