As area schools are getting ready to welcome back students, one Sioux Falls school found some unwelcome guests, bed bugs.
This week's incident at Axtell Park Middle school is not the first time the district has seen the creatures.
Denise Patton of the Sioux Falls Health Department said "bedbugs were showing up periodically on backpacks, and on students a few months ago and that did prompt the city to spend a little bit extra time, seeking out ways to bring more resources to the school system."
Bedbugs have also been a nuisance for other area businesses. Earlier this summer, the health department hosted a panel to raise awareness about the bugs.
South Dakota state university identified five types of bugs since the beginning of the year.
At the moment, there is no protocol in place for the district to notify the health department.
"When somebody at the school is noticing a potential bed bug infestation, in one of the student's home or they're brought them to school, in the past there hasn't' been much of a protocol because bed bugs are fairly new to south Dakota," Patton said.
Patton says the school district will get the word out to parents if it sees a problem.
"The schools are doing a great job of educating students and trying to get information back to the parents but we certainly are fulfilling more of a back up role if they need more help," Patton said.
Just looking at bed bugs may make your skin crawl but the health department says there is no cause for alarm. It says it's there to educate people.
So if you find them in your home or school and you're wondering what to do about these bugs, give them a call.
Through a spokesperson, the school district did release a statement about the bed bug situation.
"Throughout the years, the district has, from time to time, found a bedbug in a school. we have consulted with pest control experts regarding a recent discovery and have taken the recommended steps. the professionals tell us no further action is necessary," a spokesperson said.