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BOOKS, BACKPACKS & BED BUGS

Categories: Common Pests, Residential and Urban Services, Bed Bugs

September is a busy time of the year especially if you have children in school or are an educator. Summer vacation has just ended and the mad dash of getting ready for school and surviving the first few weeks takes over while everyone get’s into new routines, activities and schedules. It’s a lot of change to juggle and process, and can stress out even the most organized person.

Worrying about bed bugs this time of year is definitely not on your radar…but it should be because bed bugs love books. They lurk between the pages of books and lay their eggs in the spine of hard covered books. 

And now that teachers and kids are back in school, they will be interacting frequently with books in the classroom, school library and the local community library. These books will come to and from school and home in backpacks, which can increase exposing your home and school to a bed bug infestation. 

Bed bug issues in schools and libraries are not new, and they, along with bed bug issues at home and all over the world are increasing because these pests travel easily, multiply fast, and are extremely challenging to eliminate.

The good news is that being informed and proactive will help you protect against bed bugs at home and school.

To help make sure your kids don’t bring home bed bugs from school, here are some tips for parents: 

a child and his dad walking out a door to go to school

 

To help prevent bed bug issues in the classroom or library, here are tips for educators:

a primay grade classroom

 

Bed bugs can also attach themselves to a person by their clothing so for both parents and educators, when handling recovered ‘lost and found’ clothing items, store these items in a sealed bag before they go into a child’s backpack to be brought home. Once home, put them in the dryer on the highest setting, and than wash and dry them before using them again.

If you suspect you have an infestation in your home or school, address the problem as quickly as possible by calling a trusted and licensed professional pest control company, like Environmental Pest Control. We’ve been solving bed bug issues since 1988 using safe solutions.

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