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Bed Bug Ecology

  1. 1. Bed Bugs: What They Look LikeWhere They Live&How To Eradicate ThemShawn Holle: Safety AnalystDPH OSH Services
  2. 2. What Is A Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius)? Wingless Insects That Feed On Blood Three Stages: Egg, Juvenile, Adult Small But Visible At All Stages Found In Beds, Under Baseboards, Clothing, Furniture, Bedside Clutter, Crevices & Cracks Cannot Fly Or Jump Photophobic (Do Not Like The Light) 2
  3. 3. What Do Bed Bugs Look Like? 3
  4. 4. Visible At All Stages of Existence 4
  5. 5. Characteristics Attracted by Carbon Dioxide Photophobic: Only Eat in the Dark Need Victims to Be Still (Sleeping) Feed On Blood & Only Blood Feed Every Five to Ten Days Life Expectancy is 18 months (12 months without food) 5
  6. 6. Where Are Bed Bugs Found? Homes (Mattresses, Wall Seams, & Crevices) Hotels SROs Dorms Jails Office Buildings Stores Homeless Shelters Everywhere Humans Are 6
  7. 7. Human Health Risks FromBed Bug Exposure? Bites: Reactions To Bites Vary Widely Most Common Symptom: Itchy Welts Scratching Welts Can Cause Infection at Bite Site Bed Bugs Have Not Been Proven To Pass Infectious Diseases To Humans 7
  8. 8. What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like? Red Raised Welts Typically 3 Or 4 In A Row (Due To Feeding Interruptions) Found On All Bodily Surfaces 8
  9. 9. Exposure Prevention: Your Work Site Limit Personal Belongings Clients Bring In Phase Out Upholstered Furniture Inspect Office Regularly Immediately Report Observed Bed Bugs To Facility Management Facility Management Will Take Whatever Action is Necessary Don’t Panic: One Or Two Bed Bugs Is Not An Infestation 9
  10. 10. Exposure Prevention: Site Visits Carry As Few Extra Items With You As Possible If You Have to Bring Gear Don’t Put It On the Floor Carry Your Gear in a Backpack Do Not Sit On Beds Or Upholstered Furniture Check Clothing After Visit & Before Entering Car If Exposure is Suspected Put Belongings In Clear Plastic Bags & Seal Them Up 10
  11. 11. Exposure Prevention: Off Site Workers Use Separate Clothes & Shoes For Field Work Shake Clothes Outside Before Entering Car Change Clothes At Work Seal Field Clothes In Clear Plastic Bag For Laundering Have Facilities Set Test Traps Inspect Own Living & Work Spaces Regularly 11
  12. 12. This Is An Infestation 12
  13. 13. Inspections At Home, Work, & Off Site Check For Small Stains On Furniture & Bedding Look For Shed Skins, Amber In Color Check Crevices / Cracks Check Screw And Nail Holes Turn Over Furniture To Check Underside Pull Out Drawers And Inspect All Sides Set Out Traps 13
  14. 14. What to Look For 14
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  17. 17. Exposure Prevention:Maintenance Workers & Cleanup Crews Wear Tyvek Suit or Other Coveralls & Plastic Shoe Covers Seal Coveralls in Plastic Bag After Use & Discard Dedicate a Vacuum for Pest Control 17
  18. 18. Bed Bug Elimination Contact Pest Control Company Clean And Organize Living Area Eliminate Clutter Bag And Remove Bedding And Clothes Use HOT Dryer For 30 Minutes For Plush Toys, Shoes, Coats Isolate Clean Items Until Bed Bugs Are Gone Caulk Holes In Floors & Walls Mattress & Pillow Covers Vacuum Caulk Cracks & Crevices Set Out Traps 18
  19. 19. Cleaning Scrub Mattress Seams With Stiff Brush Vacuum Mattresses, Bed Frames, Furniture, Floors, And Carpets - Especially Around Bed And Furniture Posts Put Vacuum Cleaner Bag In A Sealed Plastic Bag Immediately After Vacuuming Dispose Of Sealed Bag In Outside Container Clean Linens, Curtains, Rugs, Carpets, And Clothes Wash And Dry Bedding And Clothes On HOT 19
  20. 20. Avoid Exposure To &Spreading Of Bed Bugs Inspect Luggage After Traveling Wash Donated Clothing On HOT Before Wearing Do Not Pick Up Discarded Items On The Street Inspect Any Used Furniture Or Other Purchases Wrap Infested Items In Plastic Before Discarding Label Discarded Items “Infested With Bed Bugs” To Prevent Reuse 20
  21. 21. What If I Think I Have Bed Bugs? Call DPH Environmental Health At 415 252 3800! Seal All Sheets, Blankets And Pillow Cases In A Plastic Bag Before Removing Them From The Room To Avoid Spreading The Infestation To Other Areas Wash All Bedding With Hot Water And Dry On The Hottest Setting Treat Mattresses With A Light Mist Of Bed Bug Specific Insecticide On Seams, Folds, Buttons And Torn Areas. Allow The Mattress To Dry Before Placing Bed Sheets Do Not Spray Linen Do Not Treat Infant’s Mattresses Or Bedding Vacuum Cracks And Crevices And Other Hiding Spaces In Walls, Floors And Furniture Where Adult Bed Bugs Or Eggs Can Be Found Eggs Are Not Affected By Insecticides, So Repeat The Insecticide Application 2-3 Times (Every 10 Days) To Remove Post-treatment Hatchlings A Licensed Pest Control Company Is Recommended For Insecticide Applications 21
  22. 22. Questions & Answers Q. Is this bite on my leg from a bed bug (which I think I must have gotten at work)? A. Highly Unlikely. A bed bug only feeds on a person who is completely still, which predominantly means sleeping. Q. Bed bugs have been observed/caught in our office building. Is the office building infested? A. Highly Unlikely. There have been no known cases in DPH of Worksite Infestation. One or Two bedbugs does not make an infestation. 22
  23. 23. Questions & Answers Q. Bed bugs have been observed/caught in our building. Is it possible that if I bring as few as one home to my house that my house can become infested? A. Not Likely. To cause an infestation in your home, a bed bug would not only need to attach itself to you or your property, but would need to stay attached all the way to your house, get to your bed, and lay eggs. If all of this does occur, then take the necessary steps to eliminate them. Q. I suspect a client may have bed bugs because they told me that they have them at home. What should I do when client arrives for an appointment? A. Check the area where client was sitting. If client brought items to the appointment, check areas where items were placed. If any insects are observed immediately call Facilities Management. 23
  24. 24. 1380 Howard Protocols for Office Environment 1) Scheduled monthly placement and inspection of insect traps/monitors at each site/program location by Pest Control Vendor and/or Facilities Team, with a report of findings submitted and discussed with Facilities staff at each site. 2) If bed bugs are suspected or sighted, Facilities Team or Program Manager or designee will contact BEHM Inspectors Mario Oblena 252-3826 and Joseph Ossai 252-3892 for assistance. The detailed report of the findings should be supplied to the inspectors along with any other information from the Pest control vendor. 3) If the suspect carrier is a client/visitor, we should inform them that their visit or session has ended and they need to leave the premises to prevent possible contamination of clinic occupants. Facilities Team can/should make arrangements to contact BEHM and the bldg manager for the client/visitor if possible. 4) If the suspect carrier is an employee, their supervisor or Facilities Team should share the suspicion or findings with the employee, ask if there is an issue at home, and contact Human Resources on the next step. Facilities Team will make arrangements to vacuum the area and /or arrange for more intensive treatment by Pest Control vendor, under the guidance of BEHM. 24

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