Back to School – How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home

how to prevent bed bugs from coming home from schoolEvery year we hear about bed bugs at schools and in college dorms. This problem continues to haunt students and parents. Even if you’ve never heard about a bed bug infestation coming from school, don’t underestimate these blood-sucking pests. They can easily manage to find their way into your house. Here are things you need to know in order to avoid bed bugs at school.

How do bed bugs travel home?

It’s not that easy to tell how your child can bring bed bugs home. All in all, the increase in travel made these pests a master hitchhikers which means they could be brought home in many ways. They do love to hide, so you can expect them in your children’s books, on their backpacks, falling out from their clothes, from their dorm room, in their shoes, in their travel luggage, or any number of other places.

How to avoid bringing bed bugs home?

In order to prevent introducing new infestations into your home, there are a few things you can do:.

  • It’s important to inspect for bed bugs before your child settles in their new dorm for the year. Inspect the area between mattress and frame, mattress and box spring, around the desk, and any other place they might be hiding.
  • Inspect the contents of your child’s book bag upon returning home from school. Include papers, book pages, and pencil holders. These small creatures are notorious for hiding in small cracks and crevices, so pay extra attention to any small gaps.
  • If you want to really make sure that your child’s belongings are bed bug-free, buy a couple of plastic storage bins. When your child returns home from school, put all the items inside these bins. As soon as possible, wash all clothing and linens in hot water and run them through the dryer on the hottest setting possible.
  • Keep school bags and jackets out of the bedroom. This way they’ll need to work harder to establish a colony. There’s even a chance you’re going to vacuum them before they spread out.
  • Inspect rooms regularly to see if there are any signs of bed bugs. Begin by removing pillowcases, blankets, and sheets. After that check the mattress, bed frame, and box springs.

If you discover bed bugs inside your home, it doesn’t even matter how they got there. Contact a pest control professional immediately to deal with the problem as soon as possible. A bed bug infestation can grow out of hand incredibly fast and they’re extremely difficult to get rid of them on your own.

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