Bedbugs can be a major nuisance in any setting, including schools. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides guidelines on how to handle bedbugs in school settings to prevent their spread and protect students and staff.

The CDC recommends that school administrators and staff be aware of the signs of infestation, such as blood stains on bedding or mattresses, insect casings, or live bedbugs. If bedbugs are suspected or observed, the school should take immediate action, including notifying parents and guardians and hiring a pest control professional to inspect and treat the affected areas.

Preventive measures, such as regular maintenance and cleaning, can also help reduce the risk of bedbugs in schools. Schools should minimize clutter, seal cracks and crevices, and regularly inspect and clean items such as backpacks and coats. Additionally, schools should educate students and staff on how to recognize and prevent bedbug infestation.

If a student or staff member has been bitten by bedbugs, they should wash the affected area with soap and water and apply calamine lotion or other anti-itch cream. Schools should also consider providing education and resources for mental health support, as bedbug infestations can be stressful and disruptive.

It is important for schools to communicate openly and regularly with parents and students about bedbug prevention and response measures. Schools should provide information on what they are doing to prevent and address bedbugs, as well as what students and parents can do to help prevent infestations at home.

The CDC recommends that schools take preventive measures, such as regular cleaning and maintenance, to reduce the risk of bedbug infestation. If bedbugs are suspected or observed, schools should take immediate action to inspect and treat affected areas and notify parents and guardians. Open communication with families and education on bedbug prevention can help prevent the further spread of these pests in school settings.

EPA:  Bed Bugs

EPA:  Bed Bugs and Schools  Bedbugs

CDC:  Bed Bugs  How to Find Bedbugs

CDC:  Bed Bugs FAQs  Bed Bugs  Bed Bug Images

NCSL:  State Bedbug Laws  Bedbugs

Bed Bugs in Schools – College

Simple Ways to Avoid Bedbugs When You Travel (pdf)












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