How to Stop Students From Bringing Bed Bugs Home With Them
September 13, 2018
In several states, when the season changes from summer to fall, the number of insect pests decreases.
Florida is not one of those states.
While many tourists and locals enjoy the year-round warmth, no one enjoys being bitten by bed bugs. Even in the fall, Florida still has temperatures of 65° and above, which is perfect for bed bugs to thrive. With the new school year in session, bed bug infestations are a growing concern in Florida, but also across America.
Reports of bed bugs across the U.S have been on the rise, with cases increasing by 50% in the last 10 years. In a school environment, it is now very likely that your children will come into contact with a child who has a bed bug infestation at home. If even one child brings bed bugs into the classroom, the likelihood of that classroom becoming infected goes up significantly. Once a classroom is infested, it’s an even higher chance that several children from that classroom will go home with bed bugs on their clothes, in their bookbags, or even in their hair. Once your child returns home from school carrying these pests, it is likely that even one bed bug will lead to a complete home infestation.
Several state schools are now implementing bed bug action plans into their system, should the school become invaded, but there are some things you can do to protect your home before bed bugs have the chance to live there. You can encourage your child to make sure his belongings don’t touch another student’s and to bring as few bags as possible to prevent the increased risk of coming into contact with items that are carrying bed bugs.
When your child comes home from school, have them immediately go to a small and enclosed space (such as a laundry room) and change into a new set of clothes. Then, have those articles of clothing washed and dried on a high-heat setting. Make sure you inspect all backpacks and bookbags for signs of bed bugs or their small white eggs. If you notice any bed bugs on your child’s belongings, put whatever you can into the dryer on high heat for an hour or so. These methods are not always 100% effective, so the best solution is to always call a pest control expert.
At Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions, we use specialized heat treatments to kill all bed bugs and their eggs in a safe and effective way. We guarantee we will work with you until your pest problem is identified and solved. Partnering with a professional to get rid of your bed bugs is the quickest and safest solution, and by doing so, not only are you getting rid of an unwanted home intruder, but you’re also protecting your community from further infestations. Have a bed bug infestation? Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions can help. Be sure to contact us today to request a free inspection to eliminate all your pest problems.
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