Using research and education to implement practical bed bug control programs in multifamily housing

Gary W. Bennett, Ameya D. Gondhalekar, Changlu Wang, Grzegorz Buczkowski, Timothy J. Gibb

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Abstract

Multifamily housing facilities serving low-income populations have been at the forefront of bed bug outbreaks. Research conducted in the past 8 years has consistently proven that integrated pest management (IPM) is the best approach for successful suppression of bed bug infestations. Bed bug IPM in multifamily settings is especially dependent upon a collaborative community or building-wide effort involving residents, building staff and pest control technicians. Other components of a bed bug IPM program include regular monitoring to detect early-stage bed bug infestations and combined use of non-chemical and chemical interventions. Lastly, to reduce reinfestation rates and costs associated with bed bug control, it is critical to continue periodic monitoring and implement preventive control measures even after successful elimination of bed bugs has been achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalPest management science
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science

Keywords

  • Chemical interventions
  • Cimex lectularius
  • Community-based IPM
  • Non-chemical control

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