Integrated Pest Management for Bed Bugs

Pest Management In and Around Structures April 14, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Bed bugs were a common problem throughout the U.S. prior to WWII. However, with the discovery and use of the insecticides DDT and Malathion, bed bugs were virtually eliminated throughout the world. Over the past decade, bed bug populations have made a strong resurgence. This population boom is partially attributed to resistance to commonly used insecticides as well as a major increase in world travel. Bed bugs are one of the best hitch-hikers of the insect world. They commonly climb into suitcases and travel home with unfortunate travelers. This allows for bed bug infestations to quickly spread across the country. Although they do not transmit any diseases, their presence can cause much distress to those dealing with an infestation. Along with the emotional distress that infestations can cause, they are also very difficult to manage and can become quite costly.  Please see the following sections and links for the most up-to-date information from our experts about dealing with bed bug infestations.

Bed Bug Prevention

Bed Bug Management

Information for Schools

Information for Homeowners and Multifamily and Single Family Housing Tenants

Information for Pest Management Professionals

Bed Bug Videos

 
 
 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.