Back to school bugs: What your kids need to know before going back to school
Bug attacks and problems shouldn’t have to be your main focus when your kids are going back to school, but if you don’t educate them on a few things, your family could be at risk.
Look out for paper wasps while writing papers
Early fall and late summer is prime time for paper wasps. In most cases, you are probably on top of getting rid of wasps around your home as they pose more of a direct threat to you and your family, but around schools can be a different story.
Of course, during the school year, the staff is probably on top of removal of any wasp nests, but during the summer, the probability that wasps have been left to increase numbers and build nests unchecked greatly increases.
As your kids are arriving on the school grounds and playground for the first time this year, it’s important to educate them on the dangers of wasps and to stay away from any they see or nests they may find.
Another back to school bug problem can be lice
Typically lice is more of a winter issue as more children will be wearing hats and jackets where clothes touching each other could be a common problem. However, it’s still important for your kids to know about how lice is spread and what to avoid.
There are still plenty of other ways for children to spread lice without sharing winter clothes. Lice can crawl from one person to another from clothes, towels, combs, hats, backpacks, and more.
Educating your children on the spread and dangers of lice can go a long way to preventing issues and the chance that they might bring lice home.
Bed bugs could be another back to school bug problem
Bed bugs are similar to lice in the sense of how they can be transferred form one place to another. Most people only think that bed bugs live on beds or that you need to sleep on a bed with bed bugs to get them, but that isn’t the case. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers.
Bed bugs can travel on clothes, luggage, backpacks, and more. This could mean that other kids could be bringing in bed bugs to school if they had been to an infested area on their clothes or backpacks.
This certainly isn’t a common occurrence to bring home bed bugs from school, but if it does happen there are a few precautions you can take to make sure they don’t take hold in your home.
You can wash your children’s clothes or backpack in hot water and make sure to leave them in the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes. This should kill off any bed bugs that may be present on their clothes or backpack.
Bed bugs can’t handle extreme heat, and it’s been seen to be far more effective than chemical treatments as most bed bugs are developing resistance to pesticides.
Overall, simply educating your children about possible back to school pests so they know what to look for can help prevent most school related pest issues.
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