Sep 20, 2010 6:47 PM by Andy Koen

Bed bug fears temorarily cancel preschool

The Head Start program at Monroe Elementary School in Colorado Springs was closed on Thursday and Friday of last week after teachers learned some of the children in the program live in apartments that are infested with bed bugs.

The teachers were making routine visits to the children's homes when they were told about the bugs.  They later noticed they were being bitten.

Terri Hulsey, the health and nutrition director for Colorado Springs Head Start says the school called in an exterminator on Thursday to spray the classroom as a precaution.

She stresses that all of their actions have been as a precaution to limit the spread of the bugs.

"Nobody had ever seen a bed bug but once the teachers had these bites we felt like it had to be dealt with."

The exterminator will be brought back for two additional treatments at the in the coming weeks.



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