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P.S. 58 on Bed Bug Alert

A notice was sent home with children that a confirmed bug had been found in the Carroll Gardens elementary school

Has The Carroll School caught bed bugs? According to a notice sent home with children on Tuesday night, yes.

"My kids go to and there was a flyer in the kids' folder yesterday stating that it's confirmed that there are bed bugs in the school," a concerned parent wrote to Patch on Wednesday morning.

The document, which the parent shared with Carroll Gardens Patch on the condition of anonymity, appears on PS 58 stationery from Principal Giselle McGee dated May 14.

"We recently found a confirmed bed bug in your child's school," the letter reads, followed by a description of the symptoms and aftermath of a bed bug bite.

"Finding a bed bug does not mean that our school is infested," the notice goes on to say. "Bed bugs are often unknowingly brought into schools by building occupants and as a result we may have future sightings."

Calls to the Smith St. school did not immediately yield a comment from the Principal Giselle McGee.

But one anonymous person Patch reached at the main switchboard did acknowledge that a single bug had been identified on a child and that a technician will be coming in for the second time later this week, the source stated.

The complete flyer sent home with students is attached in the gallery.

Stay with Patch for updates.

J.J.Burkard May 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Our determination not to hurt anyones feelings is beginning to yield serious consequences... Bed bugs, head lice, or any other kind of hman infestation comes from humans....Obviously one or more families need education in personal hygene methods....This will not come about by sending out love notes to parents...The Principal should advis the parents it will be necessary to find the responsible source of these critters and it will take an examination (in private) of each pupil until everyone is cleared of complicity in the matter....If a pupil is discovered to be the source, school officials can contact the parents and have a heart to heart talk with them.....When I was a lad, they didn't give is the benefit of a privat examination, it usually was carried out by another pupil who sat in the first seat of the row...And if anything was amiss, wow! the entire class knew.....J. J. Burkard, Red Hook Historian
Carroll St Neighbor May 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I have heard that the bed bug is on the waiting list for another school so maybe they will be gone soon?
Christina Gaffney May 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
J.J. Burkard, Bed bugs and lice are widely known NOT to be related with the level of the person's hygiene. Uncontrolled infestations could be related to lack of understanding of methods of extermination, but as the principal's letter addressed, pest control is taken very seriously by the system, and at the end of the school memo (backpack mail and e-mail) there were websites for further information. A louse can close its breathing for 30 minutes under water, so one can take a shower 5 times at day and still have lice. It would take a hug, for your kid to get lice from mine, and your kid to pass to yet another kid, all within a couple of minutes. Five stars hotels can/do have bedbugs. One can clean his/her home every half hour and still undergo infestation because the human habits are different from the bugs habits, they are wired to reproduce and survive better that we are. They can arrive at your house from one simple play date with your kids' favorite friend, the same way your kid (or mine) could than "gift" another friend with it in one visit. It is not accurate or fair to say that lice or bed bugs are due to personal hygiene and the schools lack of proper action. The principal had hired a professional to check lice on every kid of every class, even though it is really the parent's responsibility to do so. And in case of positive ID the child was immediately released to their care giver and allowed to stay home until clear. Best, Chris Gaffney
Christina Gaffney May 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
So... You can quickly find more basic information about your concerns on books and/or one click at Goggle before entering the realm of other people's responsibility with their hygiene versus society. On a last note, insects are part of nature and will always coexist with us, no matter anyone's personal opinion or knowledge of them. Recent scientific calculations concluded that there are 200 million insects per 1 human being in Earth. That is a conservative calculation, the broader spectrum is 150 million to 1.5 billion insects per each man, woman and child. Cheers! Chris Gaffney
Christina Gaffney May 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
According to NASA, the Space Shuttle Program was closed because of alien's fear of universe infestation.
Carroll St Neighbor May 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Old school original Anthony...where are you? Did Carroll Gardens have lice in the 60's or did the dirty yuppies bring them from New Jersey with their dirty hair and organic lettuce..
Anthony May 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I don't want to point fingers, but there were never bed beg outbreaks when I went to P.S. 58 or MS 142. We had the occasional lice outbreak but it was never anything to serious as the parents would keep the kid home once they found out. Parents were good like that. Always on the ball. However, bed bugs have become a huge problem in Brooklyn and NYC over the last 10-15 years. I don't mean to point fingers but what has happened to our great borough the last 10-15 years? I'll let you finish this Carroll St. neighbor.
dahai May 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
If several students are identified to carry bed bugs from home, the best solution is to use a good method, so that these students will not receive any bite immediately and will not carry bed bugs to school even though there are thousands of bed bugs in their houses. The video and attached text in Youtube show how to make sticky barriers around beds, clothes, tables, chairs, and shoes. With this innovative method, bed bugs can't contact people anytime anywhere and the students will not carry bed bugs to the school even though their houses have thousands of bed bugs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTdOxn9MoPg
anonymous May 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
bed bugs were not a problem in the past because of the pesticide DDT.
Jenny May 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
probably a good idea to have professionals come in. especially if children are involved.
Louise May 19, 2012 at 03:15 AM
This is insane..I've lived in Red Hook all my life. My Mom used to check my head and my brothers head. Never had lice...Bed bugs? Some on here feel it is a natural thing to be infested with bed bugs. I was born in the Red Hook Projects and we had all different races..Black,Puerto Rican & white folks in the projects and I never never heard of any one of our neighbors having bed bugs. Since the changing of the neighborhoods and the different people moving in and coming from all over the States that is when bed bugs were starting to be noticed. I think I would have had heart failure to know that we had BED BUGS? Stop having these clothing swaps and stop taking furniture in from the curb...Back in the day if I saw a hard covered novel on a stoop I would be thrilled, now? No thank you...I think a little bit more cleaning like in the old days we did our own cleaning and come Saturdays..you can smell the cleaning being done..no sitting in Urban Gardens all day long..cleaning done? No bed bugs..uggghhhh how disgusting, I'd rather see a mouse...
Louise May 19, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Not pointing the finger at any one, just saying...
J.J.Burkard May 19, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Christine Gaffney, thanks for the lesson about bedbugs.....But my opinion is derived not from books, but from experience...when a yougster attending PS 27. I'm 82 years old now, so this was a very long time again.....Parents knew that these critters were difficult to get rid of...Like termites, they hid in every nook and cranny....We didn't worry about showering because we had no showers....Indeed we were lucky to have a bathtub or even hot water to bathe with....But parents knew also it took much scrubbing with old fashion kirkman brown soap to kill these pests. and anything else didn't help much. The information you are giving about bed bugs not being hygenicly related is merely lulling people into a false sense of complacency, and it is not fair to use this anology.... good hygene habits does, both rid, and prevent, insect infestation, expecially bed bugs, and head lice.....Ignorance of this information is probably the main reason for the epidemic....Yes, anyone can be an unwitting carryer...But the source is more likely to be an uneducated person's responsibilty....My original comment pointed out if we continue hiding this fact or refuse to acknowlege its existance...It will be a long time and much expence before a simple solution is found...This is not a reflection on anyones character, or social standing, it is just a fact.....JjB.....
Louise May 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Ooppsss. Was talking to my girlfriend last night and she said I was insane..I guess I blocked it out of my head BUT YES we had head lice..I guess I blocked it out it has been over 60 years, thank God for that. My Mom had a metal fine tooth comb to get rid of the nits(the eggs). We caught them from one girl in the building. And did you know that if you are a blond you get blond bugs, red headed, red bugs, brown hair brown bugs. It is crazy but it is true. So again sorry about that and felt bad...LOL so we were not the perfect children but we had no F#$%^N bed bugs.....

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