Northeast Ohio Making Headlines for Bed Bugs in Schools
Bed bugs in schools have many parents stressed and concerned. Unfortunately, this is a problem that is not likely to go away any time soon. The way that bed bugs travel and are transferred means that schools and even child care centers are susceptible.
The most important thing to understand is that bed bug problems are not likely to begin at a school. As natural hitchhikers, these pests are likely to come into a school by way of travel, on children’s clothing, backpacks, coats and other personal belongings. Finding bed bugs in schools in Parma or Maple Heights are not likely to be isolated incidents. Many schools are facing this tough issue, and it is up to vigilant teachers and parents to help prevent and stop the spread of bed bugs!
How to React if Bed Bugs are Found at Your Child’s School
The first step is to remain calm if your child’s school reports finding bed bugs. At the end of a school day, have your child leave his or her back pack in a garage or on a clear surface. Inspect the backpack and wipe down the exterior if necessary. Empty contents for the day and visually inspect for any pests. Have your child change into play clothes and dry any clothing and coats on high heat for at least 30 minutes.
For teachers, vigilance is key. Limit the amount of furniture and clothe items within your classroom. Keep cubbies and kid storage areas clean, and inspect them regularly. Report any suspicions to school staff. Children that have bed bugs will often show signs of bed bug bites, or even mention it in conversation. Have children use assigned storage spaces and seats to identify an issue quickly and discreetly.
If you suspect your child is bringing bed bugs home, or a child in your classroom is bringing bed bugs in – Report it to school administration immediately.
How to Prevent Your Child From Taking Bed Bugs to School
It can often be overwhelming and embarrassing to deal with a bed bug issue at your home. Trust us when we tell you, you are not alone! Many families are facing the very same circumstances. Preventing spreading bed bugs is essential to protecting other families, your own extended family and your child’s school.
First, get a treatment plan together for your home if you have not started already. Contact us for a free inspection!
Make sure that your child’s back pack and school clothing is not exposed to bed bugs. Prepare clothing, by drying it on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Have your child change just before leaving – often regular behavior for any child anyway! Keep the backpack on a clean surface and wipe it down or dry it frequently.