PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 12, 2013 - Bed Bug Facts for Schools & Day Care Centers
• Bed bugs are true insects
• Bed bugs are nocturnal
• Bed bugs prefer to feed on humans
• Bed bugs are visible without magnification
• Adult bed bugs can live for over 550 days between feedings
• Bed bugs can be killed with heat over 140 degrees Fahrenheit
• Bed bugs are not known to spread disease
• Bed bugs do not fly or jump, but may move quickly along floors, walls and ceilings
• Most people do not feel bed bugs bite
• The severity of welts and itching caused by the bites vary from person to person
• Bed bugs like to hide in the folds of fabric and crevices of wood
Schools and Day Care Centers are at increasing risk of having bed bugs brought into their facility. This is simply because bed bugs can be effective hitchhikers and ride on clothing, blankets, backpacks and coats into the school / center.
Here are some tips to reduce your risk:
• Know what to look for, bed bugs are often mistaken for ticks or small roaches
• Try to keep personal belongings separate as much as possible; Store coats in individual lockers or cubbies.
• Limit cloth materials being brought into the facility; this may include blankets, stuffed animals, and backpacks.
If you find a bed bug on a student or on clothing:
• Remove the bed bug and spray it with 90% isopropyl alcohol solution (rubbing alcohol). Bed bugs will perish when directly sprayed with rubbing alcohol.
• It is not advised to send a child home or prevent them from coming to school / day care due to the length of time treatment takes.
Each facility will have to create guidelines based on their individual situation. It is better to know the risk and be proactive than to wait for an infestation to occur to take action.
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