NYC Bed Bugs In Schools…Some Say It’s Impossible! Part 1 Of 2

As the school year progresses there have been many media reports of bed bug sightings popping up at schools in various locations throughout the United States.   In an effort to quell the fears of parents, most schools release a statement to the media and to parents telling them that the bed bugs that are found should not be a cause to worry because schools are not a hospitable environment for bed bugs.  School officials often claim…

• that bed bugs are nocturnal so therefore, students are unlikely to be bitten.  In actuality, bed bugs will adjust their normal nighttime feeding routine to daytime feeding to satisfy their hunger pangs.  If need be, any student, teacher or administrator at a school can make it onto the dinner menu of a bed bug!

• that bed bugs hide in or around beds so you won’t likely find them in a school environment.  Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. Nymphs (baby bed bugs) even smaller.  They will hide in any place they choose, not necessarily a bed, even in a home.  Cluttered environments give bed bugs ample hiding places.  Within a school, bed bugs can hide in wall voids, electrical outlets, closets, lockers, piles of paper, floorboards, behind wipe-off/chalk boards, in books, in desks, above doors, and the list goes on and on.

• that bed bugs come in from the “outside”.  Bed bugs are masters at hitchhiking a ride from place to place.  They can easily be transported in and from school in backpacks, books, lunchboxes, coats, hats, gloves, or the clothing that students are wearing.  It would not be uncommon to have bed bugs transported via the adult workers in the school as well.  Even boxes that are shipped to the school could be the transport vehicle of bed bugs.

• that bed bugs won’t infest a school.  Bed bug infestations have commonly been found in homes, hotels, and other places where there is frequent human occupation.  New York City pest control experts report incidents of bed bug infestations in hospitals, theaters, courthouses, public transportation, nursing homes, jails, police stations, airports, and airplanes.  Bed bug infestations can be found wherever people frequent.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.