Mosquitoes, Ants and Bed Bugs the Top Pests for Back to School

Arrow Exterminators, a Cartersville pest and termite control company, makes parents and teachers aware of the potential for pest infestations both in and outside the classroom.

School is back in session and it is a hectic time for everyone trying to ensure a successful start to the academic year.

, a pest and termite control company that serves customers in several states and operates a Cartersville office, wants to make sure parents and teachers are aware of the potential for pest infestations both in and outside the classroom. Mosquitoes, ants and bed bugs are the top pests to be on the lookout for this back-to-school season.

"Our area experienced a huge explosion in the pest population this summer and their numbers are not dwindling as we move into fall," Arrow Pest Expert Shay Runion said in a statement. "Parents and teachers should take precautions to protect schools and homes from infestations.

Experience more pests or an infestation this summer? Tell us about it in the comments!

"The large numbers of students congregating in small spaces makes it easier than ever for pests to travel from person to person or backpack to backpack and then right into the home.” 

Arrow offers the following information and tips for teachers and parents:


Mosquito populations continue to boom and a record number of West Nile Virus cases have been reported across our area.  Parents and teachers should be aware of and remove sources of standing water around the home and school which serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.  Additionally, parents, teachers and children should use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin when playing outdoors and attending sporting events.


Ant infestations are very common in schools. Because they are small, they can easily find their way into small cracks and crevices around the school. Unwrapped food and crumbs left in a lunch box are the perfect snack for these pests. To prevent ant infestations, dispose of old food and clean crumbs from lunchboxes and lockers.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small—about the size of an apple seed—and can typically be found in mattresses, suitcases, boxes and shoes. Nocturnal in nature, they feed on human blood. Often, people don’t realize they have been attacked until an itchy, red welt appears on the skin. To prevent a bed bug infestation, clean out backpacks each night and check around the seams to avoid bringing them into the home or dorm. Whenever possible, hang backpacks and purses to keep them off the floor.

For more information, visit www.arrowexterminators.com.

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Dahai Dong September 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Poor methods need to wash everything everywhere. Mattress encasement (cover) was designed from one of the worst ideas people have developed. A minor change on the design with lower cost will seal all of bed bugs in a bedroom instead of sealing mattress only. I stopped bed bug bite immediately and got rid of bed bugs in 3 months (no more bite during this period) with a cost at least 10 times lower than what experts expected. If you click "Show more" in the video, it explains why you immediately solve bed bug problem and can visit others without carrying any bed bugs even there are thousands bed bugs at home now. No any other methods can stop bed bug bites immediately by yourself and confirm success within 24 hours just after an easy initial job (no more extra daily effort). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTdOxn9MoPg
Sean Kim January 24, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Sean Kim January 24, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Yes some of the kids around my neighbor's complains about the ants in their classrooms and I was worried if any of the kid get infected by those ants. Ants control is very necessary in schools and even in homes for the families or kids to prevent the infestations Sean Kim, http://www.homepest.com/ant-protection/
Stephanie April 19, 2013 at 05:31 PM
The thing I'm worried about this summer are those giant mosquitoes they're calling Gallinippers. I've read that they aren't anymore dangerous than regular mosquitoes (source: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/giant-gallinipper-mosquito-c-94_546.html), but that their bite hurts a lot more since it's larger, which makes sense.


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