Bedbugs are very small insects, and they can hide in the folds and seams of a mattress or box spring. They are able to survive for months without food, which is why it is important to regularly inspect mattresses and box springs. In addition, they can hide in clothing, drapes, and behind wallpaper. You may even find them in the binding of a book. Fortunately, there are several simple steps that you can take to prevent the spread of bedbugs.
The first step to preventing bedbug infestations is to educate teachers about the symptoms of bedbugs. Students with bedbug infestations often bring these insects to school. It is important for teachers to be aware of the symptoms so that they can properly treat the classroom environment. Often, small numbers of bedbugs can be found on student clothing, backpacks, and chairs. This may indicate that an infestation is spreading throughout the school.
The second step is to check for signs of bedbug infestation. Bedbugs are most common in low-income housing, where old bedding is often used. Building staff also may not take proper precautions to prevent the spread of the bugs. Aside from itching, bedbugs can cause sleep deprivation. Some people may even bring an infestation home after visiting a place with an infestation.
Fortunately, the number of bedbug infestations in the United States is decreasing. A study from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) polled pest-control personnel in cities around the world about the number of bedbugs in the past year. The results vary depending on the city. In New York City, for example, the number of 311 calls involving bedbug infestations is falling.