Integrated Pest Management
for Bed Bugs
In August 2010 the EPA compiled an Integrated Pest Management protocol for treating bedbugs in the United States. DeadBedBugs has been following this very Integrated Pest Management protocol for years prior to this announcement,
The current national problem with bedbugs is likely due to the convergence of three human behaviors: lack of awareness of the historical and biological link humans have with bedbugs, increased international travel, and past over-reliance on pesticides.
Bed bugs are a “nest parasite” that resides in the human nest – the bedroom. Over time, bedbugs have evolved to develop resistance to many of the chemical pesticides currently used. In fact, bed bugs were widely resistant to DDT by the mid-1950s.
Integrated Pest Management(IPM)
Has been proven effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Integrated Pest Management IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with people and the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Bed bug control is most effective when an Integrated Pest Management approach is implemented with diligent participation by the residents. In multi-family housing, diligent participation is also required of the building management.
Integrated Pest Management
takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options, including the judicious use of pesticides. Although bedbugs may sometimes be controlled by non-chemical means alone, this approach is often very difficult, potentially less effective, and usually more resource intensive. A comprehensive integrated pest management program to control bedbugs may include a number of methods such as:
• using monitoring devices,
• removing clutter where bedbugs can hide,
• applying heat treatment such as steam cleaning with a hand held steamer,
• sealing cracks and crevices to remove hiding places,
• using non-chemical pesticides (such as diatomaceous earth) and
• judicious use of effective chemical pesticides
A coordinated community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program can alleviate both the discomfort and cost of managing bedbugs. The underlying philosophy of bed bug Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is based on the fact that bed bug infestations will not go away without intervention.
Intervention with a precise Integrated Pest Management protocol is most effective when bed bug populations are low. EPA and CDC recommend in a joint statement that pest control operators (PCO) and environmental health professionals throughout the U.S. continue to use Integrated Pest Management principles as they address the bed bug issue.
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Facts about Bed Bugs
- Know that you are not alone in this hair-raising predicament concerning the bed bugs here in Florida.
- It was 1 am when I woke up a bit worried about us still being infested with bed bugs.
- Carefully inspect the bed frame, mattress, and other furniture for signs of bed bugs and their eggs.
- Because we have not tested repellants on skin, we can’t say for sure whether bed bugs would be willing to stick their mouth parts though repellant treated skin or not.
- A 2008 New York Supreme Court ruling allowed two Maryland tourists bitten by bed bugs during a 2003 stay to proceed with a $2 million negligence suit against the hotel and its pest control contractor.
Important Reviews on Bed Bugs
More Informational Studies about Bed Bugs from PubMed.gov
- Behavioral responses of the bed bug to insecticide residues.
- Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) and clinical consequences of their bites.
- Bed bugs, leeches and hookworm larvae in the skin.
- Detection of a new bacterium related to ‘Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii’ in bed bugs.
- Evaluation of two least toxic integrated pest management programs for managing bed bugs (Heteroptera: Cimicidae) with discussion of a bed bug intercepting device.