“Get Schooled” this Back to School Season on Bugs and Their Bites
It's back-to-school season-that time of year where students
across the country are busy learning new and exciting things. Arrow
Exterminators, an Atlanta-based pest control company, wants to help
educate the public about some of the most common pests which can be
transmitted in the school environment and the key signs you may
have become one of their latest victims-with a bite, sting or pest
"When the kids go back to school, they share lunch boxes and
just about anything else. Lockers and classrooms provide tight
quarters for backpacks and jackets. Ants and bed bugs are common
travelers from one back pack to another." said Shay Runion, Arrow's
pest expert. "We feel strongly about sharing tips and educating our
customers and the public on what to look for - and where to look
for - pests. Stinging insects send a half a million people to the
emergency room every year; bed bugs are notorious travelers and
ants love those left over crumbs in backpacks."
Here are a few tips on how to recognize the most common pests
and their bites, and where they usually hide or you can encounter
- Deer ticks are small black pests, about the size of a sesame
seed. They are known for the distinct red bull's eye rash they
leave if you get bitten. They can carry Lyme Disease and may be
encountered in playgrounds.
- Bed bugs have been reported in schools across the country. They
are great travelers and many times go from back pack to back pack.
Clean out your back pack each night and check around the seams to
avoid bringing them into your home.
- Ants love those crumbs and leftover treats in backpacks and
lunch boxes. Clean them thoroughly each night to prevent an
infestation in your home.
- Head lice are also about the size of a sesame seed and they are
a red-brown color with six legs. Their small size makes them the
perfect pest to attach to a child's hair. Back to school season is
the prime time period for head lice since head lice go wherever the
kids are-schools and playgrounds-and spread the mischief through
head-to-head contact or children's clothing. Once they bite the
scalp, these lice can leave behind an itchy rash with red
- Brown recluse spiders are slightly larger than lice and ticks
and they are typically found in the house. These spiders get their
name from the dark brown spot on their back that is in the shape of
a violin. If bitten by a brown recluse spider, an ulcer will form
that is blue at the center with a white ring and a red ring
surrounding it. Seek medical attention.
- Fleas are another household pest, though typically associated
with the family pet. These pests have a hard shell and can grow to
1/8 inch. Flea bites leave behind red marks that sometimes can
itch. A flea infestation in the home can be difficult to