Bed bugs happen: Even in school

A message to all parents with kids in school:  Bed bugs happen.

Bed bugs happen even in your children’s school, and like it or not we’re all going to have to deal with it. That will mean fighting the inclination to go into hyper-protective parent mode. Instead we all need to relax.  Deep breaths.  Eyes closed. Find your center.  Breeeathe… it will be all right.

It doesn’t matter what kind of school our kids attend, there’s a good chance that sooner or later you’ll hear rumors of bed bugs on campus.  I say this with some confidence because, in case you haven’t heard, these tiny, bloodsucking pests have become something of an epidemic over the past 15 years.  It’s inevitable that sooner or later children who live in infested homes will bring bed bugs to school.  While statistics are few, the numbers of public and private schools reporting problems appear to be on the rise.

 

Even so, the number of schools with bed bug infestations remain few and far between.  Notice the difference between a report of an introduction (one or a few bed bugs being brought somewhere) and an infestation (an entrenched, actively feeding, reproducing and sustainable community).

 

Schools get introductions, but almost never get infestations of bed bugs.  Why? Because schools are dynamic environments.

 

To keep reading this informative article by Dr. Mike Merchant, Professor and Urban Entomologist follow this link http://schoolipm.tamu.edu/2017/05/05/spn-bed-bugs-happen-even-in-school/  at the end of this article you will find our model protocal for an IPM action plan for bed bugs, something every IPM coordinator needs to add to thier IPM program.

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