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Bed-bugs on the bus?

Bed-bugs on the bus?

CREATED Jul 7, 2011

Chopping his son's bed into pieces, James Lincoln works to keep his family safe.

"That's a bed bug there," he shows me.  "You know it ain't no fun when your child is getting eaten up by them all night."

The pests are crawling all over his Fort Myers Beach house.  He thinks they got there on his 10 year old son John's school bus, because he found bugs crawling all over John's backpack.  He says he's complained to the school district about it.

"This could be easily controlled like I'm controlling it in my own house, just by spraying," Lincoln told me.  "That's all we're asking. We're not asking people to go out there and commit Armageddon."

So why hasn't the district done anything?  I went to District spokesperson Joe Donzelli to find out. 

He said he's never gotten any complaints about the buses.  But, even though bus drivers clean the buses daily, pest control has never checked for them.

"There are no issues with our buses," Donzelli told me.

"If the district doesn't check for bedbugs, there really wouldn't be any way that you would know, right?" I asked him.

"Well, no.  Because you would have people who would come forward if they're saying that there's an issue on a specific bus," he answered.

"With all due respect, can you count on a child to report a major health hazard like this?" I asked.

"Absolutely," he said.

So, no plans to start checking all buses for bed bugs.  But the district takes action on John's bus.

"It was pulled immediately from the route today and a new bus was assigned to that route until further notice," Donzelli told me.