Can you believe that another summer has come and gone? Time really does fly by, especially when you’re having fun. Now that the summer months are coming to an end, the new school year is ready to get us back into the swing of things.
Back-to-school shopping and other errands that have to be completed before kids go back to school can start to add up, but it’s important not to forget about pests. Every year, there are tons of pests that can come into contact with your child and even enter the home. Below are a few need-to-know bugs you may be unintentionally inviting into your home, and that should be on your list of pest prevention.
Ever heard of the phrase “sharing is caring?” For lice, they definitely share; however, there’s no sense of care in their actions. Lice move easily from one person to another, and are extremely itchy, so if your child has hats, brushes, and hair ties, encourage them to keep those to themselves to prevent spread.
While ants are fairly harmless in the grand scheme of things, they sure do bite and make you itchy. Ants love to eat—and will eat any crumbs they come across. If your child is eating, be sure to clean up after them as much as possible. This means cleaning out lunch boxes as soon as they get home to minimize the risk of an ant infestation. Plus, the easiest way to prevent ants from sneaking into snacks is to tightly seal up food!
Sports bags and equipment are often the most common places spiders hide out and hitch a ride from school. Why? This is because they are often thrown on a gym or locker room floor or a grassy field. Spiders always find a way into small spaces; for this reason, it’s important to clean your child’s sports bags and equipment regularly to ensure spiders don’t infest your home.
Have you ever heard of silverfish? Perhaps not, but we’ll give you the 411. Silverfish are small, wingless insects that won’t bite you—but will destroy your home. They are chewing insects and are sure to eat through any (and all) of your belongings.
When your children come home from college, their belongings are commonly stored in the basement during the summer to get them out of sight. Basements are often dark—and sometimes damp—which is a perfect condition for silverfish to inhabit. Be sure to check through anything you have stored down in the basement to ensure a silverfish infestation doesn’t follow your child to college.
Contact Us for Pest Prevention
The information above is just a few of the pests that may cause problems for your family during the school year. If you have questions regarding these pests and others, contact us! It’s true that we’re just one call away from answering your questions and coming out to service your home for pest prevention.
We don’t want you to have any back-to-school problems, especially due to pesky pests. We’re ready to help you get rid of pest problems!