When most people think about bed bug infestations, their minds drift to hotels and homes. However, you schools should also come to mind as well! While bed bug infestations are fairly uncommon, the environment is ripe for these pests. For example, bed bugs are attracted to the smell of humans and carbon dioxide. So, in elementary schools, as young students bring in bags and coats, along with storing their supplies together, they are inadvertently creating a breeding ground for bed bugs.
Although the school might not see an infestation develop, these bugs latch onto clothing and can be transferred to someone else’s personal items and home. What should schools be aware of to prevent this from happening?
Know the Signs You Need Bed Bug Removal
Schools have resources to help identify lice infestations, but what about bed bugs? A student dealing with an infestation at home with the potential to bring these critters to school might have a physical reaction, such as visible bites. Even if you don’t see the bites, a student looking unusually uncomfortable or extremely anxious might be infected.
When a Student’s Bringing in Bed Bugs
If one of your students has visible bite marks or you’ve found bed bugs within their personal items, follow these steps:
- Don’t send the student home; instead, have the student leave the classroom to be inspected by a nurse.
- Notify other teachers about this issue.
- Provide the student with educational materials about dealing with bedbugs and notify his or her parents about the issue.
- If the pests were found within the student’s things, provide a set of plastic bags for storing his or her belongings while at school and temporarily keep them in a separate area.
- Find time to inspect the student’s belongings and locker.
- Avoid having your students leave piles of shoes or coats in the classroom.
When the School Has a Bed Bug Infestation
When your school is dealing with a large-scale bed bug problem, make sure to follow these steps:
- Contact professional bed bug exterminators immediately.
- Capture the bugs for identification.
- Clean all hard surfaces with soapy water.
- Avoid clutter in the classroom and lost and found areas.
- Clean any upholstered furniture and anything wall mounted.
- Store as many supplies as possible inside plastic containers.
Is your school dealing with a bed bug infestation? Don’t hesitate or try to get rid of the problem on your own. Instead, make an appointment with Eliminate ‘Em and we’ll be there that same day to assess the situation and provide a solution.