Officials at Maysville Community and Technical College are advising faculty and students to be aware bed bugs have been discovered in the college's tutoring center in the Administration wing of the Maysville Campus.
MCTC President Dr. Ed Story sent a notice out Friday, alerting personnel and students the Buffalo Trace Health Department was contacted. The tutoring center and surrounding areas were closed Friday and being treated by exterminators.
Health Department officials recommend any faculty, staff or students who believe they may have been exposed should:
-- Avoid placing book bags, purses, laptop cases, etc. on the floor, instead, put them in a metal chair away from walls because bedbugs are expert "hitchhikers" and will travel home with you from an infested area.
-- Inspect yourself for bites, most people don’t know they’ve been bitten because bed bugs inject an anesthetic when they bite. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea -- a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. The bite marks may be random or appear in a straight line.
-- Bed bugs are not known to spread human diseases. Their bites may cause mild inflammation and itching that can usually be treated with over-the-counter topical medications. Excessive scratching may lead to increased risk of secondary skin infection. Seek a physician’s advice if you experience an allergic reaction (rare).
-- Inspect your sleeping area for signs of bedbug infestation, inspect the folds of mattresses and sheets for the bugs themselves (very small flat bugs), their exoskeletons that they molt, small rusty-colored blood spots (their excrement) and possibly a sweet musty odor.
-- If an infestation is discovered at home, contact a reputable exterminator for assistance.
The following are links for more information about bed bugs: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/; http://www.badbedbugs.com; http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef636.asp