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Bed Bugs Questions and Answers


    1. How serious is the bed bug problem for U.S. homeowners in the cities most affected?
    2. Bed bugs have increased dramatically as a public health pest throughout the country. While bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, they can cause stress, discomfort, and sores. Experts suspect the resurgence is associated with greater international and domestic travel, lack of knowledge regarding the complex measures needed to prevent and control bed bugs due to their prolonged absence, and increased resistance of bed bugs to available pesticides. EPA believes there is a need to redevelop expertise in the pest control community to ensure the control tactics are multifaceted and comprehensive.

    3. What are the key things people can do to manage bed bugs?

      We strongly encourage people follow the tips below about basic precautions that can help prevent bed bug infestation in your home. Here are some highlights:

        • Vigilant monitoring, including a check of secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation.
        • Prevention and control by removing clutter where bed bugs hide, sealing cracks to eliminate habitat, encasing mattresses/box springs, and checking luggage when returning from a trip.
        • Nonchemical treatment, e.g., vacuuming, heat treatment of clothing, bedding and furniture.
        • Pesticide treatment with products explicitly labeled for use to control bed bugs and by carefully following label directions.

          EPA wants the public to be especially aware of the following:

        • Never use, or allow anyone to use, a pesticide indoors that is intended for outdoor use. It can make you and your family sick and damage your property.
        • Don’t use a product or allow a pest control operator to treat your home unless bed bugs are named on the product label.
        • Before using any pesticide, READ and FOLLOW the LABEL DIRECTIONS.

  1. What options do homeowners have to address the bed bug problem?

    There is no one single treatment or technique that is effective. Bed bugs can be controlled by using a suite of the available techniques, including prevention, monitoring, proper use of pesticides, and other integrated pest management techniques. 

    In the short term, EPA believes that the registered pesticides can provide effective control if used properly. For effective bed bug control over the longer term, prevention, monitoring, and integrated pest management techniques should be used as well.

  2. What recommendations would you offer homeowners to prevent or minimize the risk of having bed bugs at home?  There are many methods to effectively prevent and manage infestations of bed bugs. For example, when traveling, use luggage racks to hold your luggage and do not place your luggage on the bed or floor. Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine using hot water, and inspect your luggage carefully. To manage infestations, learn about the signs of bed bugs and carefully inspect mattresses and other fabrics for the presence of bed bugs. If discovered, control should be immediately pursued by removing clutter where bed bugs hide, sealing cracks, encasing mattresses, vacuuming, heat treatments, and the careful use of pesticide products explicitly approved for bed bugs.
  3. What Pesticides Should I Start With?  To eliminate bed bugs once and for all, we suggest you purchase at least one of each type of product type, i.e. a dust, a liquid insecticide concentrate, a contact kill and an insect growth regulator.
BED BUG DUSTS -  Drione Dust is one of the best.
INSECT GROWTH REGULATORS - Gentrol IGR Concentrate or Gentrol Aerosol IGR will work to keep bed bugs from reproducing.
 
If you want a professional solution without the professional price, consider a complete kit:  BED BUG PROFESSIONAL CONTROL KIT.
 
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