Saturday, April 14, 2007

Bedbugs in Schools

One thing that will need to be realized with the current bed bug epidemic is the fact that bedbugs are not just going to be found in flea bag motels. Bed bugs can be picked up in 5 star hotels, public transportation, cruise ships, airplanes, movie theaters, and schools. Bedbugs are parasites and unlike roaches that scatter when you come into the room and turn on the lights, bedbugs will run toward you. Unfortunately the problem is very wide spread and one tool that is probably most important that we can all use is education. We need to educate hotel workers, apartment building staff, hospitals, and teachers about what to look for and how to react when they see signs of bedbugs, whether they be live bugs or bite marks. We need to educate the public as well. Think about how easily a problem could spread if one child brings a book bag from an infested apartment complex to school for an entire school year and how the bedbugs that have hitch hiked in that bag everyday spreads to all the other bags and classrooms. Now these students and teachers are bringing them home. The bite marks that the students are presenting with are being blamed on bites from home, when they are actually from the school. A vicious circle begins. Same with any place else. You can treat someplace with an atom bomb if you wanted to but if you kept bringing those bedbugs back into your home from another source you are just setting yourself up for failure. The bedbug epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better, there is no doubt about that, but with the proper education and helping to raise awareness about these insects with the public rather then trying to hide the facts, I think we will be able to get a better hold of the situation.


A.J.Reams said...

ewwww, I work in an elem. school and I'm always afraid I'm going to get lice. Now I have to worry about bed bugs? I'm itching!

Anonymous said...


My name is Sean and I am a former pest control technician and now a Quality Assurance Manager and Technical Advisor for one of North America’s largest pest control companies.

I have spent the better part of the past five years studying and researching bed bugs. It has literally become a hobby.

I have created a website geared toward providing the public with a place to go to get unbiased information and allow industry professionals to communicate with each other on this issue.

The site is called The Bed Bug Resource ( At the top of the page there is a Forum button that will take you to the message boards.

If you find this to be a useful resource please feel free to post a link to it, or pass the information on to colleagues and the general public.

If you reference the site or use any of its material I ask that a copy of the article be sent to me.


Entomologist / Pest Professional

hcase said...

This is a concern which I will be blogging more about. The potential for a bed bug epidemic in a public or private school is immense. Schools have large numbers of students coming in from large numbers of homes. All it takes is one to begin an infestation, but when you have that many people in one location the chances are that there will be multiple introductions of these irksome bugs. Once introduces these creatures could multiply rapidly, especially in kindergartens, where children take naps in darkened rooms. Once established in a school the bugs can ride home in students blongings, infesting multiple homes and the cycle continues....