Elementary schools in the United States have recently discovered bed bugs that have hitch hiked from student’s homes. You can imagine no one raised their hand to state, “I have bed bugs.” But the administration has to do something so after finding these horrible pests, the schools decided that all back packs would be banned.
Well, this is just plain ridiculous.
Granted, bed bugs are expert hiders and they squeeze into folds of fabric and into dark corners of back pack, duffle bags and other belongings hoping to avoid any kind of light. Yes, bed bugs can be carried into a classroom on/in a back pack. But they can just as easily be carried in shoes, in pockets of pants, in purses, cell phone cases, inside textbooks, in lunchboxes, and in a gazillion other items that offer perfect hiding places. So should the school now ban clothes? How about banning every kind of personal property including school supplies?
The truth is, you cannot prevent the introduction of bed bugs into a facility as there are entirely too many opportunities for them to enter. So what to do?
Step one would be education. If the faculty, the families and the students all knew what the ‘enemy’ was, how it operates, what to look for and how to deal with it, misinformation would decrease. Education is the ONLY way to create a safe place for someone to actually claim, “I have bed bugs” which allows prevention and treatment to occur.
Step two is to accurately determine the source. Part of the education process is the realization that there is no shame in having bed bugs. They are NOT a socio-economic issue as some of the fanciest places you can visit have bed bugs. Most people have no idea where they picked them up and certainly would never knowingly bring them home.
Step three is to treat the area with the bed bugs with the safest, most effective product available – Greenbug for People applied via a fogger. Greenbug kills adult bed bugs as well as the eggs and killing the eggs is a key component in arresting an infestation as one pregnant female can become thousands in just one month as once she start laying eggs, the eruption has begun. Stop the progress by using safe, effective Greenbug for People.
Step four is to engage everyone in the prevention of further problems. This goes back to the education component as that is the key to successfully addressing these dreadful parasites.
What does NOT work is a knee-jerk reaction that bans back packs as that accomplishes nothing. There are many ways to transmit bugs into school. The faculty, student body and their families must know what they are dealing with to cause effective change.
The truth that “I have bed bugs” can be the beginning of the end with Greenbug for People – a safe and effective solution. And do not think banning back packs will solve anything.