Bugs Want to Go Back to School Too
Arrow Exterminators Educates Parents and Teachers on the Top Pests Heading Back to School This Year
It’s hard to believe it is that time already, but many in our area are getting their preparations underway to head back to school. With the school year starting when temperatures are still at summer highs, Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company, wants to make sure parents and teachers are aware of the potential for pest problems both in and out of the classroom. Mosquitoes, ants and bedbugs top the list of pests to be on the lookout for when school is back in session this year.
“Cooler back to school temperatures don’t come to our area for at least another month, so pest populations are still at their peak,” said Arrow’s Pest Expert, Charlie Jones. “Parents and teachers should take precautions to protect schools and homes from infestations,” continues Jones, “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 parents:
- Mosquitoes – Mosquito populations continue to explode with all the rain we have had in our area combined with the high temperatures and reported cases of West Nile Virus and Chikungunya Fever are increasing each week. 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 especially when attending evening sporting events.
- 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.
Arrow protects businesses and homes from infestations with the STEPS® 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.