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.
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 to hire a local pest control company to spray. The problem with this is that this solution isn’t going to solve the problem. It’s beginning to be quite obvious that 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.
I had bed bugs. 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.
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 rich.
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 that enough!
You can read my book on bed bugs, which gives great insight into how to effectively work against a bed bug infestation. Click here to get in in Kindle on Amazon.