Its a exciting time of year as parents and kids in Columbus, Ohio as they are all busy preparing for the upcoming school year. With all of this activity it is common for parents to forget that pest populations are still at their peak and they want to go back to school with them! With such large number of students coming together in classrooms, it makes it easier than ever for pests such as ants and bed bugs to hitchhike rides from kid to kid or backpack to backpack. We put together some helpful tips to help keep “back to school” pests out of schools, homes and backpacks this fall!
Ants are one of the most common back to school pests because they are so tiny and can easily find their way in through cracks and crevices. They are constantly searching for food, which makes any crumbs left in a lunch box the perfect snack! Teachers and parents can help keep this tiny pest at away by keeping out old food and making sure lockers, lunchboxes and backpacks are kept crumb free.
Bed Bugs have become a significant problem at schools because of their great ability to move from kid to kid. These bugs are about the size of a tip of a pen and often found in all kinds of things like boxes, suitcases, backpacks, mattresses and shoes. To keep bed bugs from taking a ride. EnviroCare Pest Solutions recommends that you inspect backpacks each night and check around the seams to avoid carrying them inside the home.