Penn. school closes after venomous spiders found for a 3rd time

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dangerous spiders at PA elementary school cause concern.

Brown recluse spiders have found a home within cracks, crevices and walls in the school and officials say their bite can cause muscle deterioration in humans. Charles Prijatelj, met with school board leaders, the director of facilities, the elementary principal, and the district’s pest control management company. These two, non-residual treatments are known to be very effective, and the pest management company believes that they will be able to exterminate the pests,” the district, located in Franklin County, said in a press release obtained by the news network. In a year’s time, they’ve had four instances of spiders in Montgomery Elementary School, the most recent in the library. “They were behind the bookcase- between the outside wall and the bookcase,” Dr.

In a statement, the school said, in part: “The building will not be opened until the district is confident that the problem has been eradicated, and that it is safe for school to resume”. To ensure the spider problem does not persist through another school year, officials say they are fumigating the building two more times before classes start. “We’re going to fog the entire building – all the classrooms, above the ceiling, underneath the building,” added Prijatelj. “There’s also a powder treatment, a residue, which they’re going to put in all these areas where we think they might have been.” “We’re also going to be training faculty, because we have a lot of cardboard boxes and spiders like cardboard boxes because they are dark and they can hide,” explained Prijatelj. “We’re going to be eliminating cardboard from the building as much as possible.” School officials say they plan on treating the school for spiders during all major holidays throughout the year as a precautionary measure. Healing is slow and scar tissue results from the wound,” according to Penn State. “Brown recluse spiders are rarely encountered in Pennsylvania, but they may be transported in boxes and similar items from a locale where the spiders normally occur,” according to Penn State. Symptoms of someone suffering from a bite include, but are not limited to, chills, fever, pain in joints and a rash, but in rare cases convulsions and death can occur.

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