It’s Back to School Time…for Bugs Too!
Arrow Exterminators Wants to Educate Parents and Teachers on
the Top Pests Heading Back to School
School is back in session and it is a hectic time for everyone
trying to ensure a successful start to the academic year. During
this busy time, Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite
control company, wants to make sure parents and teachers are aware
of the potential for pest infestations both in and outside the
classroom. Mosquitoes, ants and bed bugs are the top pests to be on
the lookout for this back-to-school season.
"Our area experienced a huge explosion in the pest population
this summer and their numbers are not dwindling as we move into
fall, said Arrow Pest Expert, Shay Runion. "Parents and teachers
should take precautions to protect schools and homes from
infestations," continues Runion, "the large numbers of students
congregating in small spaces makes it easier than ever for pests to
travel from person to person or backpack to backpack and then right
into the home."
Arrow offers the following information and tips for teachers and
Mosquitoes - Mosquito populations continue to
boom and a record number of West Nile Virus cases have been
reported across our area. Parents and teachers should be aware of
and remove sources of standing water around the home and school
which serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Additionally,
parents, teachers and children should use an insect repellent
containing DEET on exposed skin when playing outdoors and attending
Ants - Ant infestations are very common in
schools. Because they are small, they can easily find their way
into small cracks and crevices around the school. Unwrapped food
and crumbs left in a lunch box are the perfect snack for these
pests. To prevent ant infestations, dispose of old food and clean
crumbs from lunchboxes and lockers.
Bed Bugs - Bed bugs are small - about the size
of an apple seed - and can typically be found in mattresses,
suitcases, boxes and shoes. Nocturnal in nature, they feed on human
blood. Often, people don't realize they have been attacked until an
itchy, red welt appears on the skin. To prevent a bed bug
infestation, clean out backpacks each night and check around the
seams to avoid bringing them into the home or dorm. Whenever
possible, hang backpacks and purses to keep them off the floor.