It's a growing problem in
Hotels and houses are the most common places for bed bug outbreaks but it's not the only places they're found. Bed bugs will go where ever they're carried and that includes the classrooms. The pests are painful and costly to get rid of and Larry Hansen with Rose pest control says this time of year keeps them busy.
"Summer time is a big time for bed bugs, so back to school in the early fall is a big time when people get home after they're gone for the summer,” said Hansen. “They get home and all of a sudden they start seeing bed bugs."
Hansen says his company has received a handful of calls from local schools but cannot say which ones.
"Mainly what we've seen has been small introductions here and there; we have not had any big infestation in the schools."
Local school districts like Fort Wayne Community Schools would not comment on their bed bug protocol and many others do not have one. David Fiess with the Health Department’s Vector Control Environmental Services Division says staff members on school campuses should be trained should a bed bug outbreak occur.
"Teachers should be educated on what to look for, maintenance staffs should know what to look for when they're going through the rooms," said Fiess.
"Inspect is the key to finding a problem before it develops into a bigger problem," said Hansen.
Rose recommends checking shoes, backpacks and any other items a bed bug can latch onto and travel from school and into your home and vice versa. Tightly sealing off infested furniture is important because bed bugs can slide into spaces as thin as a credit card.
"It is a growing problem here locally, take action right away,” said Fiess. “If you have a pregnant female (bed bug) and you don’t do any control, six months later you could have up to 30,000 bed bugs in your home."
For more tips on how to avoid bed bugs or get rid of them, visit the Allen County Health Department or visit the links below.
15 Tips To Avoiding Bed Bugs