Bedbugs can tag along with kids going to school, and that means classrooms may be vulnerable to infestations. A classroom infestation can also quickly lead to multiple households having a problem with these pests. Acting quickly and taking appropriate measures to prevent problems can keep students, teachers, and parents happy. Here are some strategies to consider if you suspect a bedbug problem in your classroom.
Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned
Bedbugs can hide within the tall fibers of classroom carpets, which can make them difficult to spot. Having your carpets professionally steam-cleaned to help manage the bedbug infestation. The high heat of the steam can help kill some of the bedbugs, while the vacuuming action can also remove the insects from the carpet. Be sure to have the cleaning company pay special attention to cracks and crevices, such as where carpet meets tile, to remove any dirt, debris, and bedbugs from the area.
Seal Personal Items
If you notice a bedbug in the classroom, one of the easiest things you can do to prevent the spread is to have each student's personal belongings placed in a plastic storage bag or container. These bags and containers can be set aside in the school nurse's office or another area of the school to keep them isolated from the classroom. This process can keep bedbugs out of backpacks and lunch bags, and it also helps prevent any bedbugs that children might have brought to school from getting out. Make arrangements for parents to pick up these items along with a note explaining the school's response to the bedbug infestation.
Send Napping Materials Home
If you run a preschool, kindergarten, or daycare classroom, your students may have napping cots and materials that can be susceptible to bedbug infestations. Even if these items don't normally go home with children, it's a good idea to send them home in a plastic bag or container like the ones mentioned above. Parents can then choose to clean or replace the items. Items that should be sent home might include cot covers, blankets, stuffed animals, or nap time clothing.
Hire A Pest Control Company
Hiring a pest control company at the first sign of an infestation can help prevent the problem from getting worse. Your pest control expert will determine the extent of the infestation and come up with a plan for treatment and removal. Be sure to send a note home to families in the school district letting them know what the pest control company will be doing and when. For a serious infestation, your school district may decide to close the school while treatments are performed.
Talk to a pest control expert, such as at Arab Termite and Pest Control, about what to do if you see a bedbug in the classroom, and devise a plan of action for your school that keeps the needs of all students and faculty in mind.