4History Many references to them in historical literature “Red Coat Bugs”Widely eradicated in developed countries after the use of DDT and other toxic pesticidesResurgence due to restriction of such chemicals and ease of travel
5Where are they found?Apartments, homes, shelters, hotels, dormitories, laundromats, etc.Live in cracks or crevices where people sit or sleep for long periods of time
6Everyone regardless of age, sanitation or class! Who Can Get Bitten?Everyone regardless of age, sanitation or class!
7How Are They Detected?Blood-stained Smears on Bedding, Walls, CurtainsUsually Only Come Out at NightHiding in Picture Frames, Bedding, Window Frames, Carpets or Walls
15What Should You Do If You Think Someone Has Bed Bugs? Encourage them to contact the property ownerThe sooner you address the problem the better chance you have to successfully eliminate itContact the local health officer and/or code enforcement official to make an offical complaintDepends on local ordinances and State codes/RSA’s
16What Should You Do If You Think Someone Has Bed Bugs? Advise them to avoid using over-the-counter pesticides (such as ‘Raid’) especially in areas occupied by children/infants or people with respiratory disordersNot effectiveMisuse and toxicityContact a licensed Pest Control Operator (PCO)Ask for referencesHave they been successful in treating them
17What Should You Do If You Think Someone Has Bed Bugs? Tenants need to work together with property owners and PCO’s!!!!Proper treatment preparationLaunderingVacuumingBed coversRemoval of untreatable itemsEliminating use of unchecked used furniture etc.
18What Should You Do If You Think Someone Has Bed Bugs? Key FactsSuccessful eradication may require multiple chemical/heat treatmentsOngoing monitoring is essentialOne “bad” tenant in a multi-family will ruin the effortNeed to provide tenants with easy to use instructions and resources to handle their end of the bargain……
19Multi-Agency Pest Control Effort Langdon Mill Campaign20 unit apartment building50 residentsRelocated for 2 weeksOngoing education and surveillanceSpring/Summer/Fall 2009 and Ongoing
20Who was Involved? Part 1 Property Owner Community Organizers Granite State Organizing ProjectAmerican Friends Service CommitteeLocal GovernmentManchester Health, Public Works, Building and School Departments, and Mayor’s OfficeAcademic InstitutionsSt. Anselm College
21Who was Involved? Part 2 Faith Based Organizations Manchester Church of GodCommunity Advocacy GroupsGreater Manchester Association of Social Service Agencies (GMASA)United WayLocal BusinessesWal Mart
22Lessons LearnedWaiting too long makes an infestation impossible to completely eradicateActive surveillance continuesQuick response to new sightingsMust be a carefully coordinated effortMust have the support of the property owner and ALL tenantsPick up of infested materials must be timelyEducation and ongoing assessments are a must
23Lessons Learned Must identify barriers to success Languages and Literacy$$$New or “gently used” replacement itemsLaundryRelocationNew TenantsReducing the “stigma” of reporting
24Now What… Bedbug Policy Task Force Policy Change Public Education Reducing risk factorsCurbside bedding/furniture pick-upAddressing areas of concernUsed furniture and clothing operationsIncrease funding to treat/support treatmentPublic EducationIncrease access to educational materialsReduce stigma
25Manchester Health Department Referral InformationManchester Health Department