Expert Advice for a Bed Bug Free School Year

Northwest Exterminating shares back-to-school tips to prevent a bed bug infestation

Summer vacation is almost over and before we know it schools and universities will be back in session. While shopping for school supplies and a new wardrobe might take precedence over bed bug prevention, Northwest Exterminating, a pest control management company, encourages parents and students to also spend some time brushing up on bed bug prevention tips.

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and thrive in heavily populated places.  This makes classrooms and dorms the perfect settings for bed bugs to take up residence.

A study conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky found that bed bug infestations are on the rise in many different types of dwellings, including school and college settings. According to the survey, 47 percent of respondents had treated for bed bugs in college dorms in 2013, while 41 percent had reported bed bug infestations in schools and daycare centers.

NPMA experts recommend the following tips for students in grades K-12 to avoid bringing bed bugs home:

  • Parents should regularly inspect their children’s belongings for hitchhiking bed bugs
  • If the school has reported an infestation, consider housing all related items in a sealed plastic bin
  • Wash and dry cloth items returning from school in hot temperatures
  • Ask school administrators whether they have bed bug detection and elimination plans

NPMA also advises college students to take steps to protect against bed bugs, including:

  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially after any summer trips
  • Before putting sheets on the dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, and box springs for telltale stains or spots
  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas and chairs
  • Inspect any “secondhand” furniture for bed bugs before bringing it into dormitory rooms or off-campus housing

For more information on bed bugs, please visit our Bed Bug Control page.

Northwest Exterminating
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Happy Thanksgiving from Northwest Exterminating

Thanksgiving is a special time of year! It’s more than just a day where we sit around and stuff ourselves with food and watch football.  It’s a time to slow down and take some time to be thankful for all of the things that we have in our lives.  Whatever difficult times we may be having, we always have blessings to count.

This Thanksgiving, like all of them, we are thankful for so many things at Northwest.  We are so thankful for our customers who trust us each and every day to be their pest control or termite provider.  We’re thankful that you trust us to help keep your home and business and those that you care about healthy and pest free.

We have THE BEST team of any pest control management company out there.  Our Northwest team comes to work every day with a “Customers for Life” attitude.  Taking care of our customers is what is most important to us and we have a team that really lives this in their day to day lives.  Thank you!

This Thanksgiving, take a few minutes to think about all the things that you’re thankful for.  Even better, leave a comment and tell us what you’re thankful for this year!

Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Northwest Exterminating!