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School district warns families about bed bugs

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PARCHMENT, Mich. - A Kalamazoo County school district is warning parents about bed bugs, after learning more than one family is dealing with the little critters.

The Parchment School District sent home a letter to parents, letting them know that they are dealing with two cases of bed bugs - in two different buildings.

The school district tells FOX 17 that they are looking to the health department to help the families and are giving the kids clothes to change into when they get to school.  The kids have remained in school.

A bed bug-sniffing dog was brought into the classrooms and didn't find any bugs.  The district says that it is unlikely for bed bugs to infest a school, but they are keeping an eye on things.  A license pest control specialist is inspecting the school.

The district is also letting parents know that bed bugs are a nuisance but are not known to spread disease.

The public information officer for Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services said no one was available to offer any advice or expertise.  The department sent FOX 17 this website with information about bed bugs. They also sent this document, with school-specific information about the pests.

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