AUBURN | The Auburn Enlarged City School District is taking steps to prevent a bedbug infestation after discovering a bedbug in the high school girls locker room.

Superintendent Constance Evelyn said to call the lone bedbug an infestation would be a stretch.

"It was a bedbug," she said. "Not two, not five. It was one."

Although just one bug was found, the district has launched into a detailed and state-mandated protocol to make parents aware and to prevent an infestation at Auburn High School.

Evelyn said students were given plastic bags and were directed to clear their clothing and belongings from the lockers and were sent home with letters, which gave parents directions on washing the clothing and preventing any possible spread of the bugs.

Maintenance workers then went through the locker rooms and bagged and labeled clothing left behind so students could claim their belongings to clean them, Evelyn said. After regular cleanings, a more intense cleaning will be performed.

"We will do an extensive cleaning beginning Friday evening," she said.

Then, on Saturday, a local pest company will be brought in to analyze whether there are more bedbugs at the school, Evelyn said.

Staff writer Kelly Voll can be reached at 282-2239 or kelly.voll@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at CitizenVoll.

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