PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- A cockroach infestation at a Somerset County school is unsettling parents and students.
Greenwood Elementary school in Princess Anne has been overrun with cockroaches, mainly in the cafeteria area, according to Somerset County school board officials.
The county's Board of Education spokesperson, Leo Lawson, said it's hard to pinpoint why the cockroaches have appeared more often in the last month, but it's an infestation the board is working on alleviating with help from the health department.
"We've addressed that through what we call integrated pest management," said Lawson, who mentioned smoke canisters and routine pesticide treatments being used on weekends and holidays inside the school to eradicate the roaches.
A Greenwood parent and former president of the Princess Anne Parent Teacher Organization said her daughter has complained of the roaches for some time.
"My daughter would come home and say that she saw them maybe in the cafeteria or in the classroom," said Benita Rashaw.
Some of the parents who WBOC spoke to Friday afternoon admit there is a bad cockroach infestation at the school but they also say the school's 50-year old building may be contributing to the roach infestation as well.
The same parents also suggest the school's neighboring low-income housing projects may also be a contributing factor.
"Since it is an older school, maybe the county needs to look at the equipment," said Rashaw. "Specifically in the cafeteria and look at upgrades as an option."
But for some parents, like Marshall Becoat, the problem is neither seen nor heard of, according to them.
"My grandson had never mentioned that to me and I'm in the school every day just about," said Becoat who also coaches basketball at Greenwood twice a week.
Lawson said an assessment to track the treatment progress is scheduled for Thursday Feb. 12.