Sanitation is not the problem. Anyone can get bed bugs! Bed bugs are attracted to: HEAT EACH OTHERCarbon dioxide
People Used Furniture Indirect Travel Awareness is KEY To Controlling the Spread of Bed Bugs
How do we deal with bed bugs? Q: Who Brought the Bed Bugs In?! A: We may never know. The important thing is we all work together... You Management Staff Pest Professionals EVERYONE HAS A ROLE! Q: Who Brought the Bed Bugs In?! A: We may never know. The important thing is we all work together... You Management Staff Pest Professionals EVERYONE HAS A ROLE!
Blame game will only lead to one thing - more bed bugs. We need YOU to help control bed bugs.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with 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. U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs, 2012 For Bed Bugs… Pesticides alone will not work!
Ineffective on eggs & bed bug resistance means … …they may not work Direct contact is a MUST Spread problem Q: Why not just use pesticides to solve the problem?
Every owner or operator is responsible for extermination if… The infestation is caused by the failure of the owner or operator to maintain the dwelling in a reasonable…insect-proof condition; or The infestation exists in two or more of the family units in the dwelling or in the shared or public parts of any dwelling containing two or more family units.
Train Staff on Bed Bugs Habits and reproduction Dispel myths- DOS, DONTS Protocol and Policies Bed Bugs Do not fly Do not jump
Intake and Exit Policies and Protocol INTAKEEXIT 1.Inspection requirements New tenants belonging Vacant unit 2.Education 3.Contract language 4.Other 1.Inspection requirements Vacated unit 2.Furniture moving 3.Pre-Habitation Monitoring/Treatment
Complaint reporting What Happens Next? Whos responsible Laundry and cleaning Treatment prep Communication
Follow protocol Act as a Liaison btw Management and Tenants Avoid spreading the problem
Report Problems Quickly Faster action = Faster results Cooperate with Inspection Even if you dont think you have a problem Remember the clover leaf method Follow Direction You will have to do some work Prepare Unit for Treatment SPCP has a sample preparation sheet but a PCO will give you one of their own.
Inspection – to find bed bugs Report – if and where bed bugs were found. Directions for preparing your unit Treatment Visit – may apply pesticides to cracks and crevices, install mattress cover, etc. Follow Up Inspection – see if treatment worked Repeat as necessary
If a unit has bed bugs there is a: 20% chance next door neighbors will get bed bugs; and a 7% chance neighbors above and below will get them. Report any problems right away. Early notice can stop the spread!
Infested Unit Side Below Above The Big Picture! Necessary to determine: 1.Did bed bugs migrate? 2.Did problem start elsewhere? Questions that need answering: When did this start? Recent travel/guests? Recent purchase?
Two Types: Non-Chemical Physical – removal, exclusion, clutter Thermal – heat and cold Chemical Pesticides - liquids, dusts, aerosols/foggers, fumigation
Factors to Consider Proactive vs. Reactive Approach Extent of Infestation Infested Area Detail Size Construction Content Treatment Method Cooperation
Proactive: $0 + Time to develop and implement protocol Reactive: $250 to $900/room (professional)
Pest Pro Inspect Plan Treat Follow-up Management Educate Repairs Disposal Scheduling You Stay Alert Maintain Your Space Report a problem Cooperate Pest Pro Inspect Plan Treat Follow-up Management Educate Repairs Disposal Scheduling You Stay Alert Maintain Your Space Report a problem Cooperate All of us!