SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The number of Syracuse city schools where bed bugs have been found has increased to 12.
The latest schools added to the list include Corcoran High School, Westside Academy at Blodgett Middle School, Dr. King Elementary and McKinley-Brighton Elementary.
Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. They do not transmit disease.
Henninger High School was the first city school where the bugs surfaced last month.
Other schools in the district where bed bugs have been confirmed include Expeditionary Learning Middle School, Clary Middle School, Grant Middle School, LeMoyne Elementary School, Porter Elementary, Huntington pre-K-8 and Webster Elementary.
Bed bugs also were recently found at Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville.
Students can unknowingly bring them from home into school on clothes, shoes, backpacks and other items.
The district is working with an exterminator. It’s also asking families to thoroughly inspect their child’s personal belongings and backpacks to ensure they are not carrying the bugs.
The district has posted more information about how to stop bed bugs on its website.