Back-to-school season is here, and with it comes a natural worry of your little one bringing bed bugs home from class. To help address these concerns, Bed Bug TV’s Jeff White recently published a video discussion of the risks associated with bed bugs in schools.
In the video, Jeff helped make clear what we wanted to address here at SOS: there’s not a tremendously high risk of your child bringing bed bugs home from school. While kids can carry bed bugs on their clothes or backpack, and they can transfer them through normal contact and proximity, the odds are still slim in comparison to the more likely venues of bed bug exposure (hotels, airports, cruises, public transit, etc.). If your school district is in an urban setting, there is a bit more of a risk, but even then, Junior isn’t likely to carry multiple bed bugs or a pregnant female – a single bed bug probably won’t result in an infestation.
No amount of risk is a safe amount, though, and many parents want to know how to avoid introducing bed bugs to their homes as effectively as possible. There are a couple of simple precautions you can take as you enter the new school year:
- A large tupperware container can isolate your child’s backpack and other school items when they come home. Bed bugs cannot jump or fly, and they will have a hard time crawling up the smooth plastic walls. Securing the top lid is a good extra step to ensuring that the bugs can’t escape and hide somewhere else in the home.
- To avoid being bitten by bed bugs, place ClimbUp Interceptors under each leg of your bed (and your child’s bed), and encase your mattresses and box springs with sealed covers. These steps will ensure that bed bugs cannot climb into the bed or hide in the bedding seams.
- A portable bed bug heater is a great way to treat items for bed bugs. A PackTite or ThermalStrike can safely heat its contents to over 120 degrees, which will kill bed bugs and their eggs within minutes. For best results, let the heater run for a few hours to ensure that its contents reach the proper temperature.