How To Avoid Bed Bugs For The Beginning Of School Season
August 15, 2019
It's back to school season. You've bought the kids' school supplies, packed their lunches, and filled out a million forms. But have you thought about how to avoid bed bugs for the beginning of school season?
At the beginning of a new school year, there's a good likelihood that your children could accidentally bring home some very unwelcome house guests. Bed bugs love to visit new places, and although uninvited, they quickly make themselves at home.
Why Bed Bugs Might Come Home From School With Your Children
Summer is the busiest time of year when it comes to bed bug activity. They love to travel, and since summer is the time for family vacations, many people unintentionally end up bringing bed bugs home with them.
Now that school has started, if a child whose house has become infested with bed bugs winds up bringing one or more to school on their clothing or school supplies. When it crawls in the hallway or classroom, it could end up in your child’s things. The next thing you know, your child unknowingly brings the bed bug home.
How to Avoid Having Your Child Bring Home Bed Bugs
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to avoid a bed bug infestation. Telling your child to keep his backpack up off the floor can help, but isn’t foolproof. The best way to prevent bed bugs from getting into your house is by doing a careful visual inspection of your child, his clothing, and any bags he brings home each day—before they come into your house.
It’s also wise to do periodic checks of your home for signs of bed bugs. Look along the seams of upholstered furniture, along the edges of walls, behind hanging picture frames, under mattresses, under sheets, and between your mattress and headboard. You can look for the bed bugs themselves, but also be on the lookout for their shed casings and eggs, as well as red or brown streaks on your sheets, which could be blood or bed bug waste.
What to Do if You Find Bed Bugs on Your Child or in Your Home
If you find bed bugs on your child while doing an after school inspection, it's crucial to inform the school right away. A bed bug infestation is something that needs to be taken care of immediately.
If you find bed bugs in your home, you’ll also want to take action right away. A small infestation is much easier to eliminate than a large one. Arrow Pest Control offers several treatment options based on your specific needs and how widespread the problem is. We can eradicate the entire infestation, and giving you the peace of mind in knowing they will not return in the weeks and months to come. Contact us to schedule an inspection.