Presentation on theme: "Ability of FDACS to Enforce Bed Bug Treatments Philip G. Koehler, PhD Florida Pest Management Association’s Endowed Professor of Urban Entomology Entomology."— Presentation transcript:
Ability of FDACS to Enforce Bed Bug Treatments Philip G. Koehler, PhD Florida Pest Management Association’s Endowed Professor of Urban Entomology Entomology & Nematology Department University of Florida 352-392-2484 email@example.com
Why are bedbugs a problem now (again)? 1. Greater human (therefore bed bug) mobility 2. Less use of residuals insecticides –Baits used for cockroaches & ants 3. Inadequate experience in pest management industry 4. Most products don’t work (Pyrethroids) –Resistance = 300,000x more chemical needed –Repellency = stay away from treated surfaces
The landlord’s obligations under this subsection may be altered or modified in writing with respect to a single-family home or duplex. (2)(a) Unless otherwise agreed in writing, in addition to the requirements of subsection (1), the landlord of a dwelling unit other than a single-family home or duplex shall, at all times during the tenancy, make reasonable provisions for: 1. The extermination of rats, mice, roaches, ants, wood- destroying organisms, and bedbugs. When vacation of the premises is required for such extermination, the landlord shall not be liable for damages but shall abate the rent. The tenant shall be required to temporarily vacate the premises for a period of time not to exceed 4 days, on 7 days’ written notice, if necessary, for extermination pursuant to this subparagraph.
Economics of Bed Bugs $800,000 per year in bed bug work for one company in Florida $500 to $3,000 per bed bug job Jax housing authority has 9,000 apartments –If 10% infestation rate, then 900 infested units –If $2,000 per apartment, then $1.8 million in potential work How about Section 8 Housing and Property Management companies?
Bed Bugs & Fraud Many EPA 25b (exempt from registration) products do not kill bed bugs “Do it yourself” pest control stores sell products to consumers who don’t know how to use them Canine bed bug detection is not regulated Pest management firms may charge $20 to $200 for treatment but not control bed bugs –No contract is required Routine service for ants and cockroaches will not control bed bugs
Bed Bug Treatments Apartment management contract for bed bug treatment of an apartment Apartment resident may get a separate treatment No requirement to notify resident of duplicate treatment –Over-treatment with insecticide is possible –Hazards to residents?