July 7, 2014 by Doug Moore
Summer camp is a great experience for kids! Horseback riding, canoeing, campfire cookouts … all a ton of fun. But, bed bugs are lurking out there! Here are some surefire tips to keep the kids safe while at Camp Wannahokipoki:
Before heading off to camp:
- Check the surrounding area of the camp for bed bug reports.
- Call the camp and ask if they encase their mattresses (or take other precautions) against bed bugs.
Bed Bug packing list:
- Send your kids off with pictures of bed bugs and bed bug bites so they’ll know what to look for.
- Use trunks or at least sturdy luggage rather than soft luggage, making it more difficult for bed bugs to climb.
- Use a bed bug luggage liner to keep the contents safe while traveling, and it’s also useful as a drawer liner.
- Use a bed bug laundry bag for both clean and dirty clothes.
- Pack 1% Hydrocortisone cream just in case you get any insect bites.
- Pack rubbing alcohol to be able to kill any spotted bed bug eggs or bed bugs
- Bring anti-bed bug pillow encasements.
- Pack a flashlight for a bed bug search (and may come in handy for that camp out as well).
Welcome to camp! What now?
- Pick the bed farthest away from any wood structures or headboards – where bed bugs are likely to hide.
- Take out those bed bug pictures and flashlight and check around the bed and mattress seams for possible indications of a bed bug infestation.
- If bed bugs are found, notify your counselor as soon as possible – to prevent them from spreading.
- Keep your bunk as tidy as possible – the more clutter, the more room for bed bugs to camp out with you!
- Don’t share your s’mores with bed bugs, or they’ll never leave!
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