Bed bugs: they are back! The role of the school nurse in bed bug management

NASN Sch Nurse. 2012 Sep;27(5):268-73. doi: 10.1177/1942602X12456209.


Recently there has been a resurgence of bed bugs in all facets of our society. Bed bugs have even been found in schools, causing unnecessary exclusion of students and unfounded hysteria. School nurses are again called upon to be front-line sources of information to quell the hysteria and confusion related to this unsavory condition. By arming themselves with the best evidence regarding proper identification of bed bugs and their bites and information about integrated prevention measures to control transmission of infestations, school nurses can contribute to the control and management of bed bugs and aid in the overall battle against this "new and improved" invasion of the bed bugs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bedbugs*
  • Bites and Stings / diagnosis
  • Bites and Stings / nursing*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Pest Control / methods*
  • School Nursing / methods*