Improve the capacity of your program to address bed bugs using the resources below. This topic page contains links to resources produced by CDC, partners, and others. Bed Bug Information ClearinghouseExternal (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) - information to help states, communities, and
Controlling bed bugs is complex. Using an integrated pest management (IPM) approach incorporates both non-chemical and pesticide methods. Success depends on the extent of the infestation, clutter on site, and resident participation.
When using desiccants to control bed bugs it is critical to use those that are registered by EPA and labeled for bed bug control. Desiccants that are intended for other uses, such as food-grade or for use in swimming pools, pose an increased inhalation risk to people.
Like most people, Vivian did not notice the bed bugs when she moved in. It was the recurring bites that tipped her off. She captured some for identification. While searching online for bed bug information, she found the EPA bed bug website along with a list of EPA regional employees to contact, for bed bug advice. She called Lynne and has been in regular contact with her for the past six months.
During its lifetime, a bed bug will go through the following stages (Starting from the top left, moving counterclockwise): Eggs (1mm). 1st stage nymph (1.5 mm). 2nd stage nymph (2 mm). 3rd stage nymph (2.5 mm). 4th stage nymph (3 mm). 5th stage nymph (4.5 mm). Unfed adult female.
EPA hosted the first bed bug summit in April, 2009 to solicit recommendations from the public on how to address the growing problem with bed bugs.A recommendation from the first National Bed Bug Summit led six federal agencies to establish the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup in August of 2009.