School time has started for some children already and is close for many others. Students and parents have a lot to take care of and deal with during this time of the year, and certainly do not need anything more added to their plate.Unfortunately, we have one new item that needs to be added to your daily checklist.Check your children for bed bugs.
Bed bug reports are on the rise
Bed bugs are certainly not something people like to talk about or even think about having to deal with. The truth is they do exist, and reports are growing every day. Bed bug reports in Huntington WV are rising according to various polls. Reported cases have been up by more than 50% year after year. No one is really sure exactly why.
Bed bugs are in your schools
With those growing numbers, it is likely that your children will come into contact with a child that has a bed bug infestation at home. Many schools across the country have seen bed bugs, and some schools have been temporarily close as a result. Almost all school administrations have put bed bug plans in place to address the problem.
Bed bugs can go to school or come home from school with students either:
- On the student
- On their clothing
- On or in book bags
If your child comes in contact with bed bugs, they can bring bed bugs home with them and start a new infestation. Also keep in mind that if a child brings bed bed bugs to school, the classroom can also be infected. Once the classroom has a bed bug issue, the chance of students being bringing home bed bugs rises.
The single most important step is to inspect your child as soon as they come home.
Of course to do that, you need to know what a bed bug looks like. Bed bugs are small reddish-brown colored insects about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye, but are very good at hiding in small cracks and crevices.
In addition to looking for the bugs themselves, watch for signs of the bed bugs, which are either left over shed skins or dropping. Bed bug droppings generally small black spots on clothing, resembling an ink spot.
For items that have bed bugs or signs of bed bugs that cannot be washed and dried, like books, they should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and disposed of in an external trashcan. Do not try to clean them or remove the bugs, it’s just not worth it.
We know this isn’t a fun process and it can be tedious and embarrassing, but taking a few minutes each day to do an inspection is far less time consuming than having to deal with a bed bug infestation.
If you find bed bugs on your child after coming home from school, notify the school immediately. We know there is a negative portrayal with bed bugs, but you need to move past that. You may keep other students and families from very costly bed bug infestations.
Do you have bed bugs?
If you think you may have a bed bug infestation in your home, professional help is critical. Ultra pest control provides free bed bug inspections, and there is no obligation to buy. If you think you may have an issue please call us today.
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