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10.3.3. Certification confirms the canine team’s ability to differentiate live bed bugs and eggs from other odors in structures.


10.4. Canine handlers should inform the client of the canine team’s certification status. 10.5. Canine handlers should be trained in bed bug biology, behavior, inspection methods and identification.


10.6. Effective bed bug detection canine teams must be well trained and their training must be kept up- to-date.


10.7. Distractors should be employed as part of the canine teams’ ongoing training program. 10.8. Prior to making a treatment, the canine handler or a pest management professional should attempt to confirm the canine alert by: 10.8.1. Visually inspecting the area to confirm the presence of an active infestation, or 10.8.2. Utilizing a second canine team, or, 10.8.3.


In some situations, the client may elect to have the room(s) treated without secondary confirmation.


10.9. When a scent detection canine team is used for bed bug detection, it shall be performed by a canine team that holds a current, independent, third party certification in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Minimum Standards for Canine Bed Bug Detection Team Certification. The Minimum Standards for Canine Bed Bug Detection Team Certification is contained in Appendix A of these best practices.


11. Integrated Pest Management and Methods of Control 11.1. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as it relates to bed bugs includes all or most of the following: 11.1.1. Educating and communicating with all affected parties on the biology and habits of bed bugs, their prevention and control.


11.1.2. Making recommendations to residents about reducing clutter, laundering of clothing and bed linens, and other tasks.


11.1.3. Making recommendations to property managers about sealing cracks and crevices, correcting structural deficiencies, making mechanical alterations or modifying architecture to prevent or reduce the likelihood of infestation.


11.1.4. Emphasizing inspection as part of the management program,. 11.1.4.1. The use of nonchemical tools, strategies and technologies as well as insecticides to kill bed bugs where they hide and travel.


11.2. A bed bug management program should— 11.2.1. Physically remove or kill visible and accessible bed bugs and their eggs, either immediately or though residual effects.


11.2.2. Continue the service plan until the infestation is controlled.


11.3. Multiple methods of control are available to the pest management professional, multiple methods may be combined to achieve control including: 11.3.1. Vacuuming 11.3.1.1. Physical removal of a large numbers of bed bugs can quickly reduce population in heavy infestations.


11.3.1.2. Vacuuming will cause the area to appear less infested when bed bug debris has been removed and it will be easier to identify new activity.


11.3.1.3. Vacuum recommendations: 11.3.1.3.1. Consider using a high-powered vacuum designed for pest control, outfitted with a HEPA filter.


11.3.1.3.2. Use a crevice tool for corners, edges, seams, cracks, and crevices. 11.3.1.3.3.


Scrape the tool along the surface to dislodge bed bugs and eggs. IX


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