Mostly absent from the U.S. for the past fifty years, bed bugs are making a comeback. Increased international travel and immigration, along with the loss of effective insecticides, has helped this insect spread faster than any other urban insect pest. The following links and fact sheets should help you learn how to avoid and eliminate this pest where it is found.
General Information & Links
- Bed bugs and your apartment (ENT-3013) – For apartment renters, how to recognize bed bugs and work with your apartment manager to prepare for an effective treatment.
- Bed bugs (Kentucky ENTFACT 636) – Good summary of bed bugs that answers many questions about what they are, where they originate, and how best to control them. Useful information for both the homeowner and pest management professionals.
- EPA bed bug site. A federal government perspective on bed bugs, with links to reliable sources of information.
- Recognizing bed bugs and their signs. Images of different bed bug life stages and settings where they may be found.
- How to Select a Bed bug Control Provider (Ento-033) – Got bed bugs? Time to call a professional. This publication provides details on what to ask when looking for an experienced professional. Also, advice for apartment managers and tenants preparing for a bed bug treatment.
- What is a bed bug interceptor? – One of the most useful tools in managing and monitoring bed bugs, these inexpensive devices are indispensable for apartment dwellers.
- Do-it-Yourself bed bug control (ENT-3012) – Trying to control bed bugs yourself isn’t easy, but here are some suggestions to improve your chances of success.
- Best over-the-counter bed bug insecticides – 2014 Insect Update on research from Rutgers University looking for the best natural ingredient pesticides for bed bugs. Two products excelled.
- First Aid for bed bugs – An Insect Update post from 2012 about my daughter’s bed bug experience and how to get (almost) immediate relief from the little biters.
Resources for schools and governments
- Suggested IPM protocol for bed bugs in schools. Developed by Texas A&M University as a model protocol for schools dealing with bed bugs. If your school hasn’t experienced its first bed bug introduction, it will. Be prepared.
- eXtension IPM plan for bed bugs in schools. Policy recommendations, roles and responsibilities, and action suggestions from the national eXtension website.
- Bed bug starter guide for local governments. Project developed by University of Washington graduate students to assist communities for developing a bed bug response plan. If you work for a community, check this out.