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When bed bugs appear in a school, it can generate a tremendous amount of fear. These bugs have a reputation—one that has been rightfully earned. They are home-infesting, blood-feeding insects that are extremely difficult to eradicate. But a bed bug sighting is not a reason for panic.
If a school has a bed bug action plan that includes clear communication with parents and a well-defined response for bed bug threats, fears can be calmed. Here are some key facts you should know about bed bugs as you develop your action plan.
Understanding the unique threat bed bugs present to schools in lower education requires an examination of the way bed bugs spread. These insects don't live in the woods, nor do they explore school grounds and playground areas, they live almost exclusively with humans, moving from one structure to the next through passive dispersal.
If a home is infested with bed bugs, the occupants of the home become the primary means by which these insects spread to new locations. Students and faculty alike can bring bed bugs into a school, but there are many factors that make children more likely to spread bed bugs.
Stopping the spread of bed bugs and preventing school infestations begins with the education of school administrators, teachers, and staff. Here are some prevention steps faculty can take to detect and respond to bed bugs.
To assist in educating your faculty, students, and parents on the importance of bed bug safety, send a factsheet to parents to help them with this difficult topic. Use the factsheet provided by clicking the picture or button on this page or simply click HERE. You can disperse this to parents anytime there is a sighting, or at the beginning of each school year to educate them on the pest.
American Pest is a pest control leader. Our staff includes pest control experts, board-certified entomologists, and fully credentialed pest management professionals. The methods and products we use to control bed bugs are the most advanced available in the industry. Our use of Integrated Pest Management methods is your assurance that a limited and targeted use of the least toxic chemicals will be the last resort when we deal with your bed bug infestation.
We make use of K-9 bed bug inspectors for fast and efficient bed bug detection and our team is geared with advanced heat remediation equipment and heat sensors to make heat treatments effective and reliable. Most of all, we have the experience and education to guide school administrators in the proper development of a bed bug action plan.
The threat of bed bug infestations in the United States is growing. No school should be without a plan. Contact American Pest today to schedule a consultation. We can help you protect your students and reputation from these invasive pests.