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08/30/2010

PESTS HITCH A RIDE BACK TO SCHOOL

Arrow Exterminators Urges Parents, Teachers and Students to Prepare for Potential Bed Bug, Ant and Flea Infestations

The back-to-school season is in full swing. For some students, it's their first time leaving home to depart for college, while for others it's back to reading, writing and arithmetic at elementary, middle and high schools. While back-to-school shopping may be high on the to-do list, Arrow Exterminators encourages parents, teachers and students to keep a watchful eye out for bed bugs, ants and fleas. With large numbers of students congregating in small public spaces, it's easier than ever for these pests to travel from person to person or backpack to backpack.

"Back-to-school is a busy time of the year - not just for parents, teachers and students, but also for pest professionals as we tend to notice an increase in pest infestations. It's extremely important for students to be mindful of pests and not enable them to travel by taking simple steps, such as keeping their personal belongings off the floor," said Shay Runion, pest expert for Arrow. "On a more serious note, all college students - and their parents - should be aware of bed bugs. While salvaging an old piece of furniture or using an old mattress might be a tempting way to save some money, it's important to confirm that these 'new' additions aren't already inhabited with occupants. Once bed bugs are 'invited' inside the home, they are extremely hard to eradicate."

To make sure bed bugs, ants and fleas don't join back-to-school activities, Arrow recommends taking the following preventative measures:

  • Bed Bugs: Bed bugs are a problematic nuisance to college campuses due to the students' close living quarters. 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.
  • 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. Ant prevention is possible by disposing of old food and cleaning crumbs from lunchboxes and lockers.
  • Fleas: While fleas are most commonly associated with the family pet, they shouldn't be overlooked by humans since they can pose serious health problems. Looking for warm-blooded hosts to attack, fleas can transfer bacterial diseases through their saliva. Keep fleas from roaming the school halls - and laying eggs - by vacuuming frequently.

Arrow protects businesses and homes from infestations with the STEPSâ„¢ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of the home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.