San Antonio Residents Guide To Avoiding Back-To-School Bed Bugs
Whether you are going back to college or you have kids going back to elementary, middle, or high school, now is the time of year to be on the lookout for bed bugs. These elusive blood-sucking pests are not a problem that only pops up during vacation season when they can be picked up in hotel rooms, they are also a big problem as summer ends and school starts back up. Vacations ending means the beginning of bed bug infestations for many residents. If bed bug-infested residents have kids or are planning on heading back to school themselves, they could unintentionally share their newly found pest problem with others. Let us explain how.
How Bed Bug Infestations Start
Bed bugs are hitchhiking pests that use items that people carry around to get to and fro. All it takes is an infested item to be near a non-infested item for 20 minutes for bed bugs to transfer and spread. A good example of this is a backpack brought to school. If it is left next to a backpack that is hiding bed bugs, chances are they will hop off, crawl over, and hitchhike a ride on the (previously) bed bug-free bag. This is how bed bug infestations spread as the school year begins.
Tips To Identify Infestations
When bed bug infestations are small, they can be hard to identify. To help you know if you already have bed bugs before the school year starts (so you don’t accidentally spread them) here are some signs you should look for.
- Small bloodstains on mattress covers.
- Tiny dots of reddish-black fecal matter in the crevices of your mattress.
- Live bed bugs hiding beneath mattresses or inside cracks around your room.
- Red itchy bumps on your skin in a zig-zag or straight line, one after the other.
The best way to know if your home has bed bugs is to have it inspected for them. Pest control professionals like the ones here at It’s Bugs Or Us have the tools and equipment needed to know for certain if your home has an infestation.
Prevention Tips For Bed Bugs
Because of how bed bugs get homes, the only way to stop them is to spot them.
When you are out of the house, at school, work, or anywhere there are a lot of people, keep your eye out for bed bugs.
Check furniture and other items for the signs above and for live bed bugs before bringing anything home.
Inspect school bags regularly before bringing them indoors after school.
If you work out at a gym and change before coming home, store your workout clothes in a plastic bag so they don’t attract bed bugs.
Talk to your kids about bed bugs so that they can know what to look for and keep an eye out themselves.
When To Call The Professionals
If you suspect your home has an active bed bug infestation, the professional here at It’s Bugs Or Us are here to help. From detailed bed bug inspections to fast and reliable bed bug treatments, all of our services are designed with you in mind.
For the best pest control services in the San Antonio area, give us a call today. We would be happy to help you find the pest solution you are looking for.