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to a survey that NPMA recently conducted. Because there are multiple products, methods and technologies that may be


employed as part of a successful bed bug treatment plan, it is important that pest management professionals are aware of the myriad factors that should be considered when determining which products or methods are the best option to control a given bed bug infestation. As a part of our continuing effort to offer education and guidance as pest management professionals develop their response to the bed bug pandemic, NPMA recently released the Best Manage- ment Practices for Bed Bugs, offering guidelines to help PMPs control bed bugs effectively, responsibly, and safely. In what was one of the most transparent, stakeholder driven processes ever

employed by NPMA, the Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs was created by the NPMA Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force, a broad-based stakeholder group whose goal is the development of an industry-wide, multi-faceted response to the bed bug pandemic. Offering step-by-step practices for profes- sionals in the areas of service agreements, recordkeeping, technician and sales staff training, client education, disposal of beds, furniture, possessions, bed bug detection, treatment methods, and health and safety concerns, the BMPs are tough, credible and practical and will provide PMPs, facility managers and consumers the tools they need to make informed decisions. These guidelines will provide professionals with the tools needed to most

effectively service their customers and will offer consumers a much-needed re- source in their education about proper management of bed bugs. Adherence to the BMPs will be an important step in enabling us to get an edge on this elusive pest. For your convenience, we've published the complete Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs in this issue as the Library Update. In addition to providing these best management practices to industry profes-

sionals, NPMA will encourage consumers to seek use of the BMPs in working with PMPs. NPMA members can direct their customers to learn more about the new guidance document at Additionally, they are posted on To download the NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, please

visit, and click on “NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs.” We are pleased to answer any questions or provide any additional informa-

tion you need and encourage you to distribute these to anybody you believe has an interest.


ast year saw an unprecedented spike in the resurgence of bed bugs, with one in five Americans reporting they have had an infestation or know someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel, according


EDITOR Janay Rickwalder


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