Can you hear that? It's an audible groan from kids across the
country as they head back to school … It's officially time for
tests, homework and after-school activities to resume.
At Arrow Exterminators, this is a time when we usually notice an
increase in pest-related calls in public places, such as schools.
It's a fact that when large amounts of people congregate in small
areas, it's easier for pests to spread quickly.
Bed bugs, ants and fleas are a common sight in any elementary
school or college. College students, in particular, need to be
aware of the rise in bed bug infestations. We always warn college
students not to buy second-hand furniture without inspecting it
first. Often, students will pick up furniture found at a garage
sale without realizing that it is infested with bed bugs. Look for
bed bugs to be found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. If
you do notice or suspect a bed bug infestation, call a pest
Ants are another pest commonly found in schools. It only takes a
few crumbs left in a backpack or unwrapped food forgotten in a
locker for an infestation to spread. Ants are small and can enter
schools through the cracks in a foundation. An easy way to prevent
ant infestations is to thoroughly clean lunchboxes and backpacks
daily. It's also important for food to be kept in airtight
containers or plastic bags.
Last, fleas can also make an appearance in schools and dorm
rooms. Many of our customers are surprised to learn that fleas can
be found in schools, but it's important to understand that they are
excellent hitchhikers, jumping as high as eight inches vertically
and 16 inches horizontally to catch a "free ride." Typically found
on the family pet, fleas have been known to attach to any
warm-blooded host, including humans. Fleas can leave behind itchy
welts and have the potential to transfer diseases through their
saliva. Keep fleas away by vacuuming carpets and floors often, and
keeping pets groomed.
We hope these tips will be the beginning of a happy and pest
free school year!