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A Marine Park school bed bug sighting is making some parents’ skin crawl.

Evidence of bed bugs were found in PS 207 on Fillmore Avenue between Coleman and Kimball streets last week — harrowing news that’s left many parents on edge.

“It’s horrible,” said one concerned parent, who wished not to have her name released. “I had them in my own house and I don’t want to get them again. You can’t live a normal life. We were living from the back of my deck and my car for four to six months as exterminator’s sprayed.”

Fears that she would have to go through this again were realized on Nov. 3 when her son, a third grader, brought home a letter from Principal Mary E. Bosco indicating that school administrators “found a bed bug specimen in you child’s classroom.”

The school was inspected for bed bugs on Nov. 2, but no infestations were found, school administrators assured parents.

City Department of Education spokesman Margie Feinberg said she had no confirmed cases of bed bugs at PS 207.

“But any time there’s a sighting of a bed bug specimen we have to report it,” Feinberg said. “Right now there have never been any infestations. They don’t live in schools and there’s nothing to attract them to schools. They’re usually brought in on clothing or on bags and leave the same way.”

According to city protocol, if bed bugs are found in a school, the room in which they are found is treated to kill the bugs.

Questions on the cost of the procedure remained unanswered by late Tuesday.

The city may have to pay over $250,000 to clean up PS 197 on E. 22nd Street between Kings Highway and Avenue O in Midwood after seven rooms were treated for bed bugs earlier this year by a rogue exterminator who left a dangerous mess in his wake.

His work killed the bed bugs, but it also left a noxious smelling substance on all surfaces as well as school books and supplies, which then had to be thrown out and replaced.

The number of bed bug cases in city schools have skyrocketed of late — from 135 in the first two months of the 2009-2010 school year to 336 this past September and October, according to the New York Daily News, a Manhattan newspaper.

Bed bug specimens were found in at least 10 Brooklyn public schools, including PS 200 on Benson Avenue between 86th Street and Cropsey Avenue in Bensonhurst; PS 217 on Newkirk Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Westminster Road in Flatbush; and PS 244 on Tilden Avenue between E. 54th and E. 55th streets in East Flatbush, the Daily News reported.

With the number of cases on the rise, some parents are wondering if all schools should be sprayed as a precaution.

“It would make me feel better if PS 207 was sprayed,” the concerned mom told us. “But if they could show us a certificate of inspection, I would be happy with that too.”

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Joe from Marine park says:
i am the owner of a pest control company in marine park brooklyn named Northeastern exterminating. i have done hundreds upon thousands of bed bug services in all areas and the thing everyone had in common is that all of the kids in that household went to a public school. The parents of these kids do not understand the high risk of bed bugs when they send their kids away to class. The number one precaution you can take as a parent is to have your children take off their clothes at the front door and put them in a bag until it is laundry day. do not take any risks! if you have anymore questions about bugs or pests visit us at
be safe and dont let the bed bugs bite!
Jan. 4, 2013, 8:36 pm
Rodney from Brooklyn says:
Depending on their age, you can educate your children in terms of what bedbugs look like (remind them of the apple seed comparison), and tell them to let you know if they see similar bugs at home, at a friend's house, or at school. Parents can also check with their child's school or daycare facility to learn if they have protocols in place, should they suspect an infestation. (Bedbugs are hitchhikers, and they love to travel, so if another family has them and brings infested belongings outside their home, they can spread easily.)
"Also, encourage children not to share or borrow clothes. If your kid comes home with an unfamiliar-looking garment, throw it in the washing machine on the hot wash cycle and the dryer on high heat, as bedbugs can't withstand temperatures above 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

"And families can also check things that come into their home, like school backpacks and overnight bags from sleepovers. But ultimately, the message parents should take away is to be educated and vigilant, but not paranoid. Don't cancel daily activities or vacation plans because of fears of bedbugs, but just be aware of some of the little things you can do to help protect your family.For More info you can visit
Oct. 17, 2014, 9:59 pm

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