Your kids aren’t the only ones who love summer camp. Bed bugs love the large groups of people and the many places to hide. These hitchhiking bugs love to attach themselves to clothes and soft bags and travel from cabin to child, and back to your home. So how can your children enjoy their time at camp while avoiding bed bugs? Educating yourself and your children on how to identify bed bugs and their traces can help you to avoid a bed bug infestation.
Tips for avoiding bed bugs at summer camp
Here are a few tips to keep the bed bugs at camp and out of your home:
1. Find out if your summer camp has had a recent bed bug inspection
More and more camps are taking preventative measures to ensure that their campers and staff are bed bug free. Find out if your summer camp is one of them. Finding a summer camp that is taking active precautions to protect their campers could be a big step to avoiding bed bugs this summer.
2. Learn how to properly identify bed bugs
Avoid a bed bug infestation by teaching your kids how to properly identify bed bugs. If your kids know what to look out for, they will be less likely to bring them back to your home. Providing them with a picture of a bed bug, as well as bed bug bites, can be a good reference tool.
3. Keep their clothes off of the floor
Although it might seem like a somewhat impossible task to keep your child’s clothes off the floor of their cabin, it will help in keeping bed bugs off them clothes and out of their bag. It’s much easier for bed bugs to attach themselves to items of clothing if there are fewer barriers in their way.
4. Make sure your kids check their things before heading home
Get your kids to check their things thoroughly before packing up and heading home. Even if they haven’t found any bed bugs on their body, there still might be bed bugs lurking in their belongings.
5. Check their things before bringing them into the home
Do a thorough check of your children’s belongings before bringing them into the house. It’s always a good idea to double check things even if your child checked them before leaving camp. If you find a bed bug or traces of bed bugs in their belongings, wash everything in extra hot water. You can also wash their things as an extra precaution, even if you didn’t find anything.
If your child has already brought bed bugs home from camp and you have a bed bug infestation on your hands, call a professional bed bug exterminator to ensure the removal of the bugs. Failing to properly exterminate can cause the problem to quickly get out of hand.
To learn more facts about bed bugs, contact us or call us at (905) 738-6676 and speak to one of our specialized bed bug exterminators.