The Increasing Rate of Bed Bugs in Schools

Bed bugs in your home are bad enough, but bed bugs in schools are a problem many don’t know about.  Nobody wants to even think about them but when you have bed bugs it’s difficult to think about anything else!  All you want to do is figure out how to get rid of them as quickly as possible.  A bed bug infestation isn’t the worst thing in the world that can happen to you, but they are very unpleasant and disruptive.  As kids head back to school it’s important to educate yourself about the issue of bed bugs in schools.

Why are Bed Bugs in Schools an Issue?

This is frequently an issue when students return to school in the fall.  Summer vacations means lots of traveling, and many people bring bed bugs home in their suitcases without even realizing it.  The bugs then make their way to college campuses by riding in moving boxes or to public and private schools in backpacks. The issue of bed bugs in schools has become such a big issue that many states have issued reports advising schools about how they should handle the bed bug issue.  For many schools, the bed bug problem is so bad that sometimes they long for the “good old days” of only having to worry about head lice.

Bed Bugs Aren’t Just a Problem for Hotels

Sadly, bed bugs have gone ‘mainstream’ and are now making their way into unexpected places, such as schools.  Bed bugs in schools are creating infestations that are commonplace in many school districts.  New York City is taking proactive steps to address their bed bug issues.  Things are so bad in some areas that schools have set up standards for how to deal with bed bugs.  They now have produced bed bug collection and testing kits and even have disposal protocols.  There are even lesson plans created to help students identify bed bugs.

An understanding of the lifestyle of a bed bug illustrates that none of this is really surprising.  Any place where people congregate, especially in large numbers and in close proximity, you can expect to have a potential bed bug problem.  College campuses are also having bed bug problems, so the problem isn’t impacting only students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.

What Attracts Bed Bugs to College Campuses?

One variable for the increase in bed bugs on college campuses is the time honored love of cheap secondhand furniture.  Like college students on a budget, bed bugs also happen to love a good used mattresses and/or comfy sofas with lots of places to hide.  Additionally, students travel frequently, and bed bugs love to hitch rides in suitcases and backpacks.

Just how determined and hearty are bed bugs?  At the University of Washington, librarians have begun to find bed bugs in books!  The problem in colleges is so bad that some officials plainly state that virtually all colleges have a bed bug problem in one way or another.

Bed bug bites can be very painful and irritating.  The fact that schools ranging from K-12 to colleges and universities have infestations with bed bugs is a real concern for parents.  Bed bugs can infest one’s home just as easily as they can infest a school.  Children can carry bed bugs home on their clothing and in their bags or backpacks.  Controlling bed bugs once you have them in your home can be difficult.

If you believe that you have a bed bug problem, don’t hesitate to take action.  The sooner you contact and begin working with a pest control professional experienced with bed bug eradication, the better off you and your family will be.