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October 10, 2017
Now that we are well into fall and the kids are back in school, it’s time learn about some new techniques for keeping pests out of our homes. As you may know, kids going to school means a lot of contact with other children, and this brings the risk of pests like lice and bed bugs. Here at Connor’s, we want to teach you how to stay safe from these nasty little pests.
That’s right! While they are commonly referred to as “bed bugs,” these pests can be found anywhere you go! They can easily catch a ride to your home by clinging on to clothing, purses, laptop cases, and backpacks.
Bed bugs are brownish-red little oval shaped insects, no bigger than an apple seed, and their size and color may actually change depending on their last meal. While these parasites don’t have wings to fly from place to place, they are easily transferred by contact, so be sure to check for these critters on your kids now that school is back in session.
Although a bed bug’s small size makes it difficult to spot, one obvious sign of an infestation is red spots on your skin. Bed bugs are parasites that feed on blood and their bite marks are a clear indication of their presence. However, not everyone’s skin reacts this way, so it is very important to check elsewhere.
As their name suggests, they often nest in beds. Be sure to check your sheets as well as any other furniture for little red and brown spots and tiny molted exoskeletons that they may leave behind.
One of the most common infestations that passes through schools is head lice, so it is of the utmost importance to keep an eye out for them. These tiny wingless insects like to live in people’s hair (gross!) and will lay small white eggs known as knits. If you catch wind of a lice outbreak at your children’s school, be sure to check their hair for these pests right away. They are only about the size of a sesame seed when fully grown, so they can be tricky to find, but you can usually spot them around the ears, base of the neck, or top of the scalp.
Although bed bugs and head lice may be common, there are many easy prevention measures you can take to stay pest-free. When it comes to lice, avoid sharing any head-touching objects from other people. These can easily spread them, so make sure to wear only your own hats and headphones, and to use only your own brushes, and towels. For bed bugs, it’s important to be wary of any secondhand furniture you bring into your home, so carefully inspect it for any possible signs of bed bugs so they don’t nest and spread.
If these pests manage to sneak into your home, don’t fret, just give Connor’s Pest Control a call. With over 70 years of pest control experience in the DMV area, we can help you get rid of these freeloading parasites, as well as any other pest issues you may have!