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15.2.2. Avoid leaning across or sitting on infested beds or furniture; minimize contact between their clothes and equipment and infested items.

15.2.3. Bring a minimum of equipment into an infested room and place it in an open area. 15.2.4. Perform an inspection of their clothes and equipment before leaving an infested site. 15.2.5. Launder all clothing immediately upon returning home from work. Footwear can often be heated in a dryer to kill all bed bug stages.

15.2.6. Consider carrying an extra set of clothes to change into after working in a badly infested location.

15.3. Strains and back injuries are a risk in bed bug work because technicians must move mattresses, box springs, furniture, etc. 15.3.1. Technicians should be trained in proper lifting techniques for beds and furniture.

15.4. Bed bug work in residential settings involves handling other people’s bed linens, dirty clothes, shoes, and other most personal possessions, which exposes technicians to human pathogens, particularly blood-borne pathogens. Special precautions may need to be taken including, but not limited to: 15.4.1. Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. 15.4.2. Using caution when reaching into or behind furniture to avoid injury.

16. Health and Safety of Customers 16.1. Bed bug service often involves the use of insecticides. Before any insecticide application, speak to the occupants to determine if anyone might have health concerns that would be cause for concern if pesticides were used. 16.1.1.

If the client has specific health concerns with regard to insecticide treatment, recommend that they consult with a physician prior to treatment. In these cases, it is advised that treatments be made in accordance with a physician’s recommendation.

16.2. Reduce all occupants’ risk of insecticide exposure by advising them which areas have been treated and by informing them when they can re-enter the treated room and what special precautions should be followed.

16.3. Technicians should reduce the risk of insecticide exposure to pets by advising occupants to keep pets out of treatment areas as directed by pesticide label directions.

Appendix A—Minimum Standards for Canine Bed Bug Scent Detection Team Certification 1. Definitions 1.1. Alert—A characteristic change in canine behavior in response to an odor, as interpreted by the handler. 1.2. Canine Team—A human and working canine that train and work together as an operational unit. 1.3. Distractor—Non-target odor sources placed within a search area. 1.4. Extract—odor extracted from an actual insect. 1.5. Handler—The trained person who works with the canine. 1.6. Hide—A container that allows free movement of air containing no more than five (5) live bed bugs or viable eggs.

1.7. Pseudo-scent—Man-made compound that mimics the target odor.

2. Purpose of Certification 2.1. To demonstrate the canine team’s ability to perform an accurate search for live bed bugs and viable eggs.

2.2. To demonstrate the handler’s ability to accurately interpret the canine’s changes in behavior and final response associated with bed bug odor.


3. General Guidelines 3.1.

Only canine teams are certified under these guidelines, canines or handlers alone do not qualify for certification.

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