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Bed Bugs Becoming An Increasing Problem For Schools 

Bed Bug Infestations In School Are Rising Across The U.S.

Bed bugs are a growing concern for schools all across the country. While an increase in infestations is part of the reason, this is actually not the biggest reason that school officials are concerned with bed bugs. There is a certain fear and dread associated with hearing the word 'bed bug', and because of this, bed bugs are the kind of pests that can cause hysteria to break out, especially in a setting where they can be spread quite easily.

Bed bug love schools. They can be found in pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and have even been found infesting daycares. While daycares are not schools, they have similar traits that make them just as susceptible to the spread of bed bugs. They also have a designated 'nap time' which, as you can imagine, is the favorite time of day for bed bugs.

a bed bug crawling on a surface inside of a school in pennsylvania

What Makes Schools Inviting To Bed Bugs?

Though bed bugs aren't drawn to filth, as many people think, they are able to thrive easier in cluttered environments or in areas where clothing is left on the floor. Since children are more likely to leave their clothes or belongings on the floor and often make a lot of clutter, they make the perfect targets for these insects and are more likely to be plagued by bed bugs. They are also more likely to carry these bugs with them while going to or from school or daycare.

One bug is not an infestation. If you hear that a bed bug was found at school, it is important to understand that finding one bug does not equal an infestation. It is not easy for bed bugs to establish themselves in a school environment, excluding dormitories. This is because bed bugs need a place to feed, usually in a bed or on upholstered furniture. In addition, bed bugs can't get around as easily as other parasitic pests you may be familiar with; they can't fly like mosquitoes or hop long distances like fleas. Instead, they need to crawl in order to find their blood meals.

While on the topic of parasitic pests, it's important to note that bed bugs are not ticks. If a bed bug is found on a student, especially if that student is your child, it can be helpful to know that bed bugs don't choose hosts like ticks do. They don't infest people, but rather will feed on anyone available, so it is possible that the bed bug found on your child was just a transient.

Thankfully, bed bugs are not known to spread illness. When bed bugs are found, especially if they are found in your home, you should know that though bed bug bites can be painful and itchy, these insects aren't particularly dangerous as they are not associated with any diseases. Bed bugs are also a pest problem that has a proven solution. You won't have those bed bugs forever!

Tips For Bed Bug Prevention 

When it comes to preventing a bed bug infestation in your home, there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of bed bugs coming home on your kids. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Limit how many items you allow your kids to bring home from school.

  • Inspect bags, especially the creases of the fabric, for tiny white eggs, black droppings, bloodstains, shed insect skins, or tiny, apple seed-sized, rust-colored bugs. These are all surefire signs of bed bugs.

  • Keep school items in a designated area of your home that is far away from bedrooms and couches. If you're able to use a sealed plastic container, that's even better.

How To Identify And Control Bed Bugs

If you ever find a bug in your home that you think is a bed bug, it is vital that you capture it and put it in a plastic bag for identification. Proper identification is key. If the bug that you've captured is a bed bug, here are a few things you can do to protect your family as you wait to see if it is an isolated bed bug:

  • Wash and dry all your clothing and bedding on the hottest heat setting.

  • Vacuum crevices, cracks, and stitching on your mattress, box spring, and any upholstered furniture.

  • Get rid of any clutter in your home. Bed bugs hide in clutter and are particularly fond of clutter underneath beds.

  • Consider investing in mattress and box spring encasements.

  • Put bed bug traps under the legs of all your beds to see if any bed bugs appear. While you and your kids sleep, you are the perfect bait to lure bed bugs out of their hiding places and into these traps. While traps don't stop an infestation, they are the perfect tool for determining the size of the problem.

Complete Bed Bug Control Solutions

If it is determined that you have a bed bug infestation, hire a professional for effective bed bug control services right away. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to exterminate without an education in pest control. If you're located in Pennsylvania, check our Service Area page to see if you're in our service area. Moyer Pest Control offers the most advanced bed bug treatments available in parts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

It is likely that you will continue to hear more and more about bed bugs in the coming years. These pests are on the increase everywhere. Fortunately, they are a pest problem that has a solution. Stay calm, stay vigilant, and most importantly, stay informed. If you need assistance with professional bed bug inspections or treatment, contact us to schedule immediate bed bug control services.

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