Today, I am pleased to point you towards the new Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities, which was produced by J.L. Gangloff-Kaufmann and C. Pichler of the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University.
It is an excellent guide which you can download in four PDFs from the link above. (It’s also being added to the other guides in the links page, so you know where to find it later.)
“IPM” is Integrated Pest Management, the basic premise of which is that you can (and in fact need to) do a whole lot of things other than spray pesticides in order to control pests. Sometimes this means dealing with bed bugs without pesticides, but I think that in practice, it usually means taking a bunch of steps to remove bed bugs, make the premises unfriendly to them, and use pesticides carefully to complete the treatment.
The guide specifically does not discuss the use of pesticides, but goes into many other areas from bed bug detection methods and tools, to ways of killing and removing bed bugs and eggs (such as steaming and vacuuming), specific guidelines for those managing an infested facility, and for social workers working with clients with bed bugs.
Even though this is aimed at the managers of shelters or group living facilities, I would stress that nearly all of the information would also be useful for managers of multi-unit buildings, and even individuals with bed bugs. Do check it out.
Thanks to co-author Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann for sharing this with us!