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Bed Bugs

Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs; Seven States, 2003-2010; MMWR – evaluation of 111 illnesses associated with insecticides used to control bed bugs

Bed Bugs: FAQs – answers to frequently asked questions about bed bugs

Bed Bug Infestations in an Urban Environment – study to determine the extent of reemerging bed bug infestations in homeless shelters and other locations in Toronto, Canada

Biology and Control of Vectors and Public Health Pests: The Importance of Integrated Pest Management – updated free online CDC-sponsored course includes sessions on the identification and management of bed bugs, along with an extensive discussion on rodents and other pest management approaches

DPDx - Laboratory Identification of Parasitic Diseases of Public Health Concern – image library, reference information, and training information on bed bugs

Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control – official CDC Health Advisory

Pictorial Keys - Bugs [PDF - 354 KB] – pictorial key to help identify bed bugs

Links to information from outside CDC

2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey: New Data Shows Bed Bug Pandemic Is Growing ( – survey from the National Pest Management Association

Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – website provides information to help states, communities, and consumers in efforts to prevent and control bed bug infestations

Bed Bugs [PDF - 156 KB] (University of California) – pamphlet on bed bugs

Bed Bugs (University of Florida) – Topic page created by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Department

Bed Bugs 101: The Basics of Cimex lectularius (Armed Forces Pest Management Board) – 2006 article by Harold J. Harlan in American Entomologist on the bed bug resurgence

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet [PDF - 169 KB] (New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services) – fact sheet for the public about bed bugs

Bed Bugs Fact Sheet, Entfact - 636 [PDF - 449 KB] (University of Kentucky) – fact sheet about bed bugs

Bed Bugs - Importance, Biology, and Control Strategies [PDF - 326 KB] (Armed Forces Pest Management Board) – detailed technical guide to help meet the need for current information and guidance regarding bed bug control

Bedbug FAQ (National Pest Management Association) – information on bed bugs for consumers, the media, commercial businesses, teachers and kids, and pest professionals

Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force (Ohio) – collaboration to provide education about bed bug infestations and information for resources to those struggling with an infestation

NEW! Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs – strategy developed by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup to highlight ways that all levels of government, community, academia, and private industry can work together within a community to reduce bed bugs across the United States

Controlling Bed Bugs: Bed Bug Pesticide Alert (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – information about preventing, identifying, and treating bed bug infestations

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite! (Michigan Department of Community Health) – guidance for prevention and pest control related to bed bugs

Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities (New York State IPM Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University) – publication on bed bug prevention, management and control, education and awareness for public agencies and private or public housing administrators and their facilities management teams

Guidelines on Addressing Infestation in HUD-insured and Assisted Multifamily Housing [Housing Notice 12-05] (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) – guidance to owners, management agents, and residents of HUD multifamily insured and assisted properties on updated information to prevent and address infestations including bed bugs

Guidelines on Bedbug Control and Prevention in Public Housing (PIH 2012-17) (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) – information and references to best practices regarding the prevention and control of bedbug infestations

Shipboard Guide to Bed Bug Control [PDF - 241 KB] (Armed Forces Pest Management Board) – information for ship crew members and medical departments regarding identification, prevention and control of bed bugs on ships using an integrated pest management approach

State Bedbug Laws (National Conference of State Legislatures) – website maintains a list of state regulations on bed bug control

Stop Bed Bugs in Hotels Safely [PDF - 581 KB] (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) – information related to bed bugs in hotels

Traveler Q & A: Preventing Bed Bugs From Hitchhiking to Your Home (University of Minnesota) – fact sheet to prevent home infestation from bed bugs brought in from an infected site

Understanding and Controlling Bed Bugs (National Pesticides Information Center) – science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use

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