Bed bugs happen, even in school

by Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife

Bed bugs happen even in your children’s school, and like it or not we’re all going to have to deal with it. That will mean fighting the inclination to go into hyper-protective parent mode. Instead we all need to relax.  Deep breaths.  Eyes closed. Find your center.  Breeeathe… it will be all right.

It doesn’t matter what kind of school our kids attend, there’s a good chance that sooner or later you’ll hear rumors of bed bugs on campus.  I say this with some confidence because, in case you haven’t heard, these tiny, bloodsucking pests have become something of an epidemic over the past 15 years.  It’s inevitable that sooner or later children who live in infested homes will bring bed bugs to school.  While statistics are few, the numbers of public and private schools reporting problems appear to be on the rise. Continue reading

EPA to Host Webinar on Bed Bugs in Schools – December 16

A webinar, “Bed Bugs in Schools,” hosted by the EPA’s Center of Expertise for School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) will be held on December 16, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., ET. This webinar will present the challenges schools face concerning bed bugs and an IPM strategy that engages the entire school community to successfully manage bed bugs. A moderated question and answer session will conclude the event. The webinar will feature:

  • Dini Miller, Virginia Tech’s Urban Pest Managment Laboratory
  • Susan Jennings, EPA Public Health Liaison
  • Marcia Anderson, EPA Center of Expertise for School IPM

Register for the webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/282274545

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