bags until they are put on in the morning. This prevents bed bugs from hiding in the clothing and being carried to school. • Backpacks, lunchboxes, and other items that travel back and forth to school can also be inspected daily and stored in sealed plastic containers at home to prevent bed bugs from getting into them.
Bed bugs thrive in heavily populated areas, like classrooms and college dorms, and are excellent hitchhikers. The National Pest Management Association recommends the following bed bug prevention tips for students, to reduce the risk of a bed bug infestation.
How to Prevent Bud Bugs in School. Preventing a bed bug infestation in school is easier when administrators and parents work together. Tips for Parents: Limit the number of items you children take with them to school. Wash your child's backpack often. Make sure you dry it on high for at least 30 to 45 minutes after you wash it to kill bed bugs.
Routinely wash your children's school supplies, if possible. Washing their backpack often can be a safeguard against bed bugs. Getting Rid of Bed Bugs. If these steps fail and you find bed bugs in your home, you'll want to call for professional help. Bed bugs can spread quickly.
Unfortunately the bed bug will be a present reality for our school systems (elementary, middle, high school, college) for years to come. Preventing bed bugs from coming home from school can save you time, money and stress putting a plan into action. Even with regular prevention one can slip through the cracks (literally) and get into your home.
Controlling and managing bed bugs in schools can be quite the obstacle. Ideally, all staff should be able to identify a bed bug then send to someone who has more extensive training for further investigation. Schools should be responsible for providing essential information about bed bugs to students, parents, staff members, and teachers.