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Well, it is that time again. School is about to start up, and there is a lot to do. It's time to go out and get items such as pencils, pens, rulers, paper, electronic devices, etc., and a book bag to store all those items in. It is a time to take care of car pooling scheduling with other parents. It is a time to buy some new clothes. It is a time to switch gears. But, as you're busy in the whirlwind of pre-school preparations, don't forget to take time to talk to your kids about bed bugs.

Why should you add bed bug education to your preschool prep list? Because these are hitchhiking bugs that are able to spread more easily during the school year. The more you and your kids understand about how they spread, the better you can protect your home from picking up an infestation.

How do bed bugs spread during the school year?

  • These bugs can crawl from student to student. When one student is dealing with an infestation at home, they have the potential to expose other students by bringing bed bugs to school with them.

  • When kids come over to your house after school, they can bring bed bugs in with them. Bed bugs like to hide in clothing and the tight spaces of book bags.

  • When one student lends a book to another student, they may also lend a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs sometimes lay their eggs in the bindings of books. This is because students often read their books in their rooms, where most bed bug infestations occur.

  • Sleepovers are more common during the school year. When one student stays at another student's house, they can bring an unwanted guest back home with them.

It is important to understand that there are many ways your kids can pick bed bugs up. Everyone in your home should know what bed bugs look like in all stages of development. Recognizing bed bugs is one of the best ways to avoid an infestation. Here are some quick things to remember:

  • Bed bug eggs are only about 1 mm in size and look like tiny pale white capsules.

  • While bed bugs go through 5 stages of development, they only have 2 stages of life: immature nymph and adult. You're not going to see any bed bug larvae.

  • Immature nymphs are the bed bugs you're likely to see. Adults prefer to wait till carbon dioxide levels rise in a room before they come out to feed. Nymphs can feed anytime. Nymphs can be as small as 1.5 mm, are pale in color, and have six legs. When they feed, the bright red blood they take in can be seen clearly through their abdomen.

Teach your kids to be on the lookout for bed bugs and their eggs. It could save you from a bed bug nightmare. And, if you ever do get bed bugs in your Pennsylvania home, call Witt Pest Management for bed bug treatment options that work!  

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