Ayden Elementary School in Pitt County is learning a difficult lesson about bed bugs. Two months into the school year it was noticed a couple of students had red bite marks from bed bugs.
Pitt County Schools spokesman Brock Letchworth says, "It started to spread into the community. It started to spread from a couple of kids to now about 10 kids whose homes are infected with bed bugs."
Parents found out two weeks ago that these tiny night crawlers are apparently coming in from the student's homes.
Letchworth explains, "The thing people need to realize is the school is not infected. You've got children whose homes are infected and they're bringing bugs in the schools. We're being proactive and doing all that we can to address the situation and prevent the spread from one child to another."
Letchworth says they've tried to keep the bugs at bay, even buying a washer and dryer to clean clothes.
"Bed bugs are not a joke," says Tabitha Monaco, a parent. "I actually know somebody that has bed bugs and it took about a year and a half to get rid of them. They had to get rid of everything they owned."
Monaco's daughter and son attend the school and feels the school district is doing all it can.
Mayor Steve Tripp also talked to the school's principal about what the town can do.
Tripp says, "To me, it's about education. It's about educating the public."
The town of Ayden hopes to hold an informational meeting soon to educate the public about the spread of bed bugs.