Bed Bugs: Little Pest, Big Problems For Schools
April 30, 2018
Does it seem like everywhere you turn you are hearing more and more about bed bugs? You’re not imagining it. Bed bugs are frequently showing up in many places we normally wouldn’t think about like libraries, stores, and now schools. Because there are so many people in a school system…teachers, children, and others, finding them in schools is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with appropriately.
There are a few things that parents should know when it comes to bed bugs. First, bed bugs aren’t dangerous. Your children aren’t in any serious harm. They do bite, but they don’t carry any diseases. They leave behind small, red bumps that are itchy and excessive scratching could lead to an infection, although this is pretty uncommon. Bed bugs are mainly just a nuisance because they cause high stress and are difficult to get rid of. Bed bugs are nicknamed “hitchhiker” because they are easily transferred between people in close quarters, making schools a place for them to thrive in.
As a parent, it can be useful to know what the signs of bed bugs are and how to spot them. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown and their bodies are flat, oval-shaped, wingless, and about the size of an apple seed. Signs of an infestation include: blood stains on linens, pillows and mattresses and box springs; waking up to small, red, bites on skin usually appearing in groups of 3 or 4 in a line; a strange sour odor (this occurs with a very intense infestation); and seeing the bed bugs themselves in your headboard, furniture, and other cracks and crevices.
A very important thing for parents to know is how to prevent an infestation. You’ll want to inspect everything that is brought into your home, for example, your child’s jacket, backpack, etc. You should also encourage your children to avoid putting coats and bags on the ground when they are on the bus or attending school. If you notice any bed bugs on your child, you’ll want to contact a professional pest control company right away. It is important to reassure your children that they are in no danger, and it is not their fault at all. Even if you haven’t noticed bed bugs on them, this conversation is important to have because your child could help prevent them, too. Teach them what to look for and make sure they feel comfortable telling someone about it if they do notice bed bugs. It’s also important that they know that just because someone or something has a bed bug on it, doesn’t mean its necessarily “dirty” or “gross”. The more they know, the more aware they are going to be.
For New Jersey residents in this situation, you’ll want to contact Arrow Pest Control. Our professionals are equipped with effective products and services to eliminate infestations of any size. Arrow also has the capacity to treat the school where the infestation originated. We start with a visual inspection to determine the specific location of the bed bugs. We may even use bed bug detection dogs to assist us. After inspection, we will use either a thermal or chemical form of control. No matter our method, we ensure that we will get rid of bed bugs in your home and keep your family protected from future infestations. Call Arrow Pest Control today to find out more information!