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Back to School? Be Bed Bug Aware

by Marissa Henderson
August 21, 2019

With students from all over heading back to school this month, parents and schools should be bed bug aware. According to the EPA, bed bugs are one of several pests that are a concern in schools and many states now require schools to have a policy of alerting parents of any infestation. However, unless the problem is widespread, it will likely go undetected for some time.

Don’t panic: school infestations are not a leading bed bug problem, bed bugs are not know to carry disease, and bed bugs do not infest people. However, since bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, it is a time of year to be bed bug vigilant. Here are six steps you can take to help keep your child’s class or dorm room bed bug free.

  • Regularly heat-dry all bedding, clothes, and bags in your home and encourage your college student to do the same
  • Limit the items you send with your student to school
  • Inspect all backpack and jackets for hitchhiking bedbugs
  • Immediately alert school staff if you see a bedbug on campus or on your child
  • Ask your school administration to see their pest policy and action plan
  • In case of infestation in your own home, have an action plan that includes the professionals you will call to treat your home. GreenTech heat partners with many local pest control companies to offer our effective, chemical-free heat treatment. Ask your pest control company if they use GreenTech heat or contact us for a local recommendation.

GreenTech Heat designs, manufactures, and sells portable electric and propane heaters, fans, and treatment accessories specifically designed for the efficient killing of all insect pests, especially bed bugs and their eggs. We’re proud to say that we’re the only bed bug heater company to design and manufacture both portable electric and portable propane heat systems. In some cases, owning our equipment has a lower total cost and greater timeliness than utilizing an outside service.

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