Teaching Kids About Bed Bugs | A Parent’s Guide

As a parent, there are many different types of pests that you may teach your youngsters about. You will likely teach them about  the dangers of spiders or how to keep from catching head lice, but bed bugs are often one pest that get disregarded when it comes to teaching your children. What many parents do not know is that their children could easily pack bed bugs into their home. Bed bugs can be one of the biggest pest control issues, and if you want to make sure the bedbugs never bite at your house, it is wise to teach your children the basic facts. 

Teach Your Children How to Identify Bed Bugs and Signs of an Infestation

The easiest way to keep your kids alert to possible bed bugs in a home or other locations to teach them what these critters look like at all stages of their life cycle. Kids may have heard of bed bugs, but there is a good chance that they are not really sure about what they look like. Additionally, it can be helpful to teach your little ones what an infestation may look like—for example, dark speckles around the folds of a mattress or small markings of blood and excrement on sheets. 

Make Sure Your Kids Know Where Bed Bugs Can Be Found

When most people think about bed bugs, they assume that hotels would be the only place where these critters can be found. However, bed bugs are a problem in many locations, both public and private. Bed bugs hang out in private households, medical facilities, schools, dressing rooms, and theaters. Furthermore, these pests are known to show up on public transportation, such as buses and taxis. 

Instruct Your Children How to Keep Their Belongings from Being Transportation for Bugs 

Once you have taught your children the basics of identifying bed bugs and where the pests can be found, you should make sure you teach them how easy it is to pack these critters home in their belongings. Your kids should avoid leaving their backpacks or overnight bags on the floors in any location where bed bugs are suspected. They should know that leaving their jackets draped over furniture could allow the bugs to hide in their outerwear. 

When your kids know about bed bugs, you will be much less likely to see them make their way into your home. If you would like to know more information about avoiding bed bug problems in your home, talk to a pest control company such as Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services.