Fayette County Health District
Washington Court House, Ohio
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division protects and
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and safety through public
enforcement of state
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promote the health and
well-being of Fayette
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
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Flu shots and flu mist are
available at the Health
Department on a walk-in
basis, no appointment
necessary. They are
available between 9 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Call the
Health Department at
335-5910 for more
November 19, 2013
The Fayette County Health District has and continues to
collaborate and work with the Miami Trace School District in
regards to the letter that was sent home on November 14, 2013
regarding bed bugs.
It is important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere
including hotels, movie theatres, private homes, apartments,
airplanes, etc. Bed bugs are biting insects that feed on human
blood much like the mosquitoes that we are all familiar with.
However, unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs are not known to carry
human disease and are primarily classified as a nuisance.
Even though the Fayette County Health Department does not have
any actual jurisdiction over the regulation and control of bed bug
infestations, it will do whatever it can to alleviate concerns and
fears of those living in our county. What we can offer is guidance,
education, and collaboration efforts to our community partners
such as the school district as well as to our local citizens.
We urge you to start the fight against bed bugs at home by
checking all coats, book bags, etc., each day as these pests can
enter your items anywhere and not just at school. If any garments
are suspect, tumble them in the dryer if possible thereby sanitizing
the garment and killing any bed bug, louse, etc. that might be
residing there. Knowing the behavior of these little critters, it is
highly unlikely that the school systems play a part in the spread of
bed bug infestations. For one thing, bed bugs detest light and are
found mostly in very subdued areas such as bedding in bedrooms.
Even if they are transported to school by a student in his coat, in all
likelihood they would stay within the recesses of that garment and
be taken back to the same home they came from.
The Miami Trace School District is pro-actively doing routine
inspections and if needed will treat suspect areas if a problem is
discovered. The best approach for the community is to manage
this threat within their own homes, to ensure that these pests are
not transported to school or any other facility or area.
For guidance parents can visit www.centralohiobedbug.org or you
may call our Environmental Office for more information at
Leigh N. Cannon, BA
Deputy Health Commissioner
Information about Bedbugs