Officials with Arrow Exterminators warn that parents and teachers should be aware of the potential for pest problems in and out of the classroom. Mosquitoes, ants and bed bugs top the list of pests to be on the lookout for this back-to-school season.
“Cooler back to school temperatures don”t come to our area for another month, so pest populations are still at their peak,” said Arrow Pest Expert Shay Runion. “Parents and teachers should take precautions to protect schools and homes from infestations. The large numbers of students congregating in small spaces makes it easier than ever for pests to travel from person to person or backpack to backpack and then right into the home.”
Arrow offered the following information and tips for teachers and parents:
Mosquitoes: Mosquito populations continue to explode with all the rain we have had in the area, combined with high temperatures. Parents and teachers should be aware of and remove sources of standing water around the home and school, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Additionally, parents, teachers and children should use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin when playing outdoors and attending sporting events.
Ants – Ant infestations are very common in schools. Because they are small, they can easily find their way into small cracks and crevices around the school. Unwrapped food and crumbs left in a lunch box are the perfect snack for these pests. To prevent ant infestations, dispose of old food and clean crumbs from lunchboxes and lockers.
Bed Bugs – Bed bugs are small – about the size of an apple seed – and can typically be found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. Nocturnal in nature, they feed on human blood. Often, people don”t realize they have been attacked until an itchy, red welt appears on the skin. To prevent a bed bug infestation, clean out backpacks each night and check around the seams to avoid bringing them into the home or dorm. Whenever possible, hang backpacks and purses to keep them off the floor.