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Multiple cases of bed bugs confirmed at Richmond elementary school

Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 18:49:33-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Multiple cases of bed bugs have been confirmed at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, according to a Richmond Public Schools spokesperson.

Wanda Richardson says their family heard about the situation several days ago.

“We don't want these bed bugs in our home. I definitely don't want them eating up my grandchild,” said Richardson.

RPS Facilities Department recently confirmed multiple cases, but officials have not released how many cases have been reported.

"It's not good, so I came to get my grandbaby," said Richardson. "Now we have to go into the house and figure out, what do we do now?"

The spokesperson says the school system is working Orkin Pest Control Services to provide treatment to the Northside school “immediately and over the coming weeks.”

Richardson says her granddaughter Malaysia probably won't be going back to class -- until the school is clean.

"I mean, it's an awesome school, I love it, and I love the people here. But bed bugs is a whole other situation. My daughter my, grandbaby, myself, we can't do the bugs.  We just can't,” she added.

“In addition to the treatment of the school building, we are also providing support to families who may need assistance in treating bed bugs at their homes,” said RPS spokesperson Danielle Pierce.

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