Students all over Athens, GA and the surrounding area have been preparing to start a new school year over the last few days. While homework, tests and getting over summer laziness seem like enough to deal with, most students and parents don't know the risk of bringing home insects while at school.
Because schools are places that bring together many different people from different places, it's a perfect spot to pick up unwanted pests and bring them back into your home.
Back to Bed Bugs
We you think of bed bugs, the old saying "sleep tight don't let the bed bugs bite" may come to mind. That saying however, holds more meaning today that it did 20 years ago with the resurgence of bed bugs across the United States and the world. We've experienced a huge increase in bed bug infestations in Athens, GA and the surrounding areas as well. Bed bug infestations have been reported in places like homes, clothing stores, movies theaters, libraries and even schools!
Over the past few years grade schools and universities alike have reported infestations of bed bugs in their libraries, dorms, classrooms and anywhere else you can think of. While lice has historically been the main pest problems in school, bed bugs pose a new threat because of the dificulty involved in their removal and the fact that, unlike lice, they can hide almost anywhere.
College universities have had a particular issue with bed bugs over the past couple of years, especially in student housing facilities. The University of Nebraska Lincoln has stayed in the headlines because of its bed bug problems on its campus.
The reason schools are such a hot spot for bed bugs is that schools bring together large numbers of people from different households that could already have bed bug problems. Also, because bed bugs are great hitchhikers, it is very easy for them to climb onto a book bag, coat, piece of furniture or really anything that is carried onto a campus undetected.
The best way to prevent bed bugs from coming home with your pupil is by inspecting the items they bring home from school and by not allowing items that may potentially be harboring bed bugs into your home.
For college students this means being very wary of used furniture, because they could already be infested. Also, buying a bed bug mattress encasement is a good way to protect your mattress from being ruined by a possible infestation. Also, heat is a bed bug's worst enemy, drying items in the clothes dryer on high for a minute or two can help kill any present bugs.
If you do see signs of bed bugs be sure to call a professional pest control company for an inspection and possible treatment.
Watch this video to learn more about protecting your home against bed bugs: