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Bed Bugs Are Regularly Being Reported at Local Schools. Is There A Way to Avoid and Prevent Getting Bed Bugs?

Updated on December 11, 2015

Schools are having bed bug problems

On any given day, an outbreak of bed bugs in schools is being reported. Springfield just found 8 to 10 bugs at Kenwood Elementary School and even a preschool was shut down this week because of bed bugs.

Bed Bugs are on the rise in the US!

This isn’t a subject that anyone really wants to talk about and that’s likely contributes to the fact that the bed bug problem is growing quickly in the United States. I just read something that said 64 percent of pest control professionals say bed bugs are on the rise, according a study from May 2015 by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky. If you have a child in a school, you are have my permission to freak out a little (or even a lot).

The solution for the bed bug infestation at the local schools is often to hire a local pest control company to spray. The problem with this is that it isn’t going to solve the problem. Bed bugs have to be sprayed directly on to be killed by the poisons that are available on the market. So, the likelihood of actually killing these pests is minimal. The bed bugs will probably live another day, which gives them another chance to go home with one of the students at the school.

One of the parents in one of the schools said that they met their child every day at the door and then removed the child’s clothing and put it in the dryer. A dryer is a great idea to help eliminate bed bugs. The bugs die in extreme heat.

Bed bugs are smart. Once they move into a home, they aren’t easy to get rid of. It’s been said that in the lab setting a bed bug will act differently than it will in a home setting. So even if a solution is created in the lab, it still might not work effectively.

Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of.

I had bed bugs. It's somewhat embarrasing to admit. (That's part of the problem, too.) It took me over 8 months to get rid of them and I only started with 2 or 3 of them. Kenwood Elementary reported having found 8 to 10 bed bugs. What’s the likelihood that those bugs weren’t the only ones and that the bugs will multiply even with treatment? My answer is that it’s highly likely!

When I had bed bugs, I quickly found out what has been said again and again on the Internet. PESTICIDES DON’T WORK! DDT was used on them back in the 1920’s because the military barracks were infested with bed bugs. Since then, people have imported the chemical to this country in a desperate effort to kill the bed bugs, but it hasn’t worked this time around.

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Most bed bug pesticides don't work unless they are sprayed directly on the bed bug

After having bed bugs, I tried MANY, MANY things to get rid of them, from the traditional chemicals to natural solutions. I spent hundreds of dollars trying to get rid of them, trying every product that was available. At one point, I was getting bitten so regularly, my only goal was to get one good night’s sleep. That didn’t happen until several months later, but it did happen. Most of the products I bought and paid good money for were junk. None of them eradicated the problem.

The scary part about it is that there are sooo many bed bug pesticides on the market and they likely don’t work. It seems like this industry is set up to keep the bed bugs alive and get these people selling the no good products getting wealthier.

One product actually helps to prevent bed bugs and helps to eliminate infestations.

The one and only solution I found that worked and is the best immediate defense against bed bugs isn’t even a pesticide. It’s a cleaning solution and believe me it really helps eliminate the problem almost immediately. I know it works, because I’ve used it in my personal fight against bed bugs. It was the only thing that worked. I can’t say enough good things about it!

A great book about preventing and killing bed bugs.

You can read my book on bed bugs, which gives great insight into how to effectively work against a bed bug infestation. It's available on Amazon in Kindle format.

Natural and Low-Chemical Solutions to Eliminate Bed Bugs!: Kill Them With Extreme Prejudice!


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    • NikaWest profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Avoid bed bugs. Don't get bed bugs. Arm yourself with knowledge. Now.

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I can hope it doesn't occur here. Well done. Nika!!!!

    • NikaWest profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ugh. Bed Bugs suck. Really and no pun intended!


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