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Fed's Strategy Aims to Take Bite out of Bed Bug Problem


By Andy Bowman, Attorney, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are seeking input on a draft of their collaboratively penned Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs (Strategy).  The Strategy’s goals are to help stakeholders by coordinating federal responses to the bed bug invasion, facilitate collaboration among stakeholders and all levels of government, increase awareness of the bed bug problem, effectively marshal resources, and encourage integrated pest management (IPM) measures.

The CDC, EPA and USDA have all declared bed bugs a significant public health pest.  Bed bugs potentially affect everyone and are of particular concern to government agencies and affected commercial sectors such as health, pest control, housing, real estate, hospitality and chemical manufacturing.  Recent increases in bed bug infestations in the United States is leading to a more coordinated approach to the bed bug battle.  The Strategy sets five priority areas:  prevention, surveillance and IPM, community efforts, education and communication and research.  For each priority area, the Strategy lists recommended actions.

The draft Strategy and information about the identification, management and control of bed bugs is available HERE.

Comments on the draft Strategy can be made at in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0537 until September 18, 2013.

To view a complete PDF of the July/August 2013 issue of the Environmental Letter, click HERE.


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