What to Do If Your Child's School Has Bed Bugs
Published on March 10, 2011
Schools can be a breeding ground for all sorts of epidemics. From head lice to chicken pox to the seasonal flu, kids pass germs and parasites more often than any other group of people.
With bed bugs rapidly re-infesting the nation, many parents have begun expressing concern about their children being exposed to bed bugs at school. While cases of bed bug infestation have been on the rise in the past year, there's no reason to jump to the conclusion that this is the case at your child's school.
If you do find out about an infestation at school, however, there are a few important steps you should take:
1. Calm down.
The worst thing people can do is panic. Overreaction to bed bugs can lead to poor choices, like unnecessary pesticide use and school closures.
2. Educate yourself (and others).
The best thing people can do is learn about the vermin. Properly educating yourself and others about bed bug pest control and prevention is the best way to fight an infestation.
3. Check your child.
You'll want to check your child for bed bugs if you find out about an infestation at school. Inspect clothing, bed sheets, bath towels - any place a bed bug might hide.
4. Talk to other parents.
If you find out that your child is carrying bed bugs, it is your responsibility to get in touch with parents of other kids in his or her class. Don't forget to tell the teacher, too.
5. Call a pest control professional.
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, so you may need to contact a professional bed bug pest control company for help. If you notice bed bugs or have heard of an infestation, call a Portland pest management service or urge the school administration to do so.