Protect Your Kids and Home From Common Pests
While back-to-school time is music to most parents’ ears, the pests that accompany this time of year may evoke slightly less enthusiasm. The beginning of fall marks peak season for insect activity. Kids can come into contact with these pests through outdoor play, and some clever insects can hitch a ride with them straight to your home. Here are a number of green pest control tips to keep your kids and your house bug-free this season.
Before they head back to school, educate your kids on creepy-crawlies and other things to avoid. Familiarize yourself with the insects in your location and inspect your home for any signs of infestation. If you do find signs of infestation contact a professional that specializes in green pest control treatments that are family friendly. Teach your kids which bugs are safe and which are dangerous so they know which pests to dodge on the playground. Be sure to remind them to avoid poking around in swampy water and never to lift wet logs, which are both locations where some of the most threatening insects dwell.
There are a couple of simple precautions you can take to protect your kiddos before they head to class. Pests, especially those that sting, are particularly drawn to bright colors. If your child has an allergy, or if you just want extra reassurance, dress him or her in dull colors. This prevents your child from being an easy target. If your children bring lunch to school, another action you can take is to wrap their food well. Insects are drawn to moist food, so be sure to completely seal off these types of food or consider placing them in airtight plastic containers.
Watch for Bites
Pay attention to and have your kids notify you about any bites or bumps they acquire at school. Some pests like bed bugs can make their homes in schools, so watch out for red bumps. If you see any bite marks, be sure to scan your child’s backpack and clothing for hitchhikers. Don’t hesitate to let the school know if you suspect a pest problem.
While there are precautions to take, remember that kids will be kids and it’s impossible to protect them from insects 100% of the time. Do your best to prepare them so you both can enjoy the back-to-school season pest-free.