When your kids go back to school, there is much to be done. You need to buy school supplies, do the ever-dreaded clothes shopping, pack the lunches, buy books, and prepare for bed bugs. Wait! Bed bugs? This school season, make sure you prepare to avoid bed bugs while preparing your children to hit the books.
Why Bed Bugs Are A Concern When School Starts
Families have been concerned about lice when school starts back up, but bed bugs have never really crossed their minds- until now. Look out for bed bugs when your little ones or college kids go back to school. These sneaky pests may be a greater threat than head lice.
Bed bugs are also opportunistic. When families buy new furniture for dorms, or pack up boxes and move into the dorms, bed bugs can climb in for a ride. When young kids enter school, bed bugs come with them and move into nearby furniture, bags, clothing, and bedding.
Teaching Your Kids About How To Avoid Bed Bugs
It is important to teach your kids about bed bugs at any age. K-12 and college students should be on the lookout for bed bugs. Teach your kids to identify these 5 signs of bed bugs:
- Shape– Teach children how to identify a bed bug. Bed bugs are small, flat bugs that are no larger than the size of an apple seed.
- Color– Bed bugs are usually black or dark brown in color.
- Where to look– Look for bed bugs in bedding, bags, and furniture. The bed bug name can be deceiving because bed bugs won’t restrict themselves to the bed. Bed bugs can hide anywhere there is a shelter. Seams, cracks, and corners in furniture and bags are ideal spots to find bed bugs.
- Blood– Bed bugs are messy eaters and will often leave behind blood as they feed. Teach your children to alert you to any signs of blood spots in the sheets when they wake up in the morning. Bed bugs may also leave fecal stains on mattresses and other furnishings.
- Bites– If you don’t spot the bed bug, look for the bite instead. Bed bug bites occur in a straight line of multiple bites. Bed bug bites are often red welts that may burn or itch. But not everyone reacts to bed bugs. So it’s important to regularly look for other signs.
What To Do When Bed Bugs Are Found In Home Or Dorm
Teach your children to tell you as soon as they spot any sign of bed bugs, even if they aren’t sure. A professional inspection like the one GreenStar Termite & Pest Control technicians complete is the most effective way to determine if bed bugs are in fact present.
Children away at college should report their concerns to the RA (resident assistant). The cleanest homes can get bed bugs, so don’t be embarrassed. If the college won’t respond to your child’s request for an inspection, parents must intervene.
The GreenStar bed bug control solution utilizes the most effective techniques and products for removing bed bugs from your home or your child’s dorm. Call now for a list of services.