RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) has released a booklet designed to educate North Carolinians about preventing the spread of bed bugs. “Bed Bugs: Your Guide to Prevention, Detection & Treatment” provides North Carolinians with in-depth information about bed bugs and how to prevent the further spread of the pests.
The booklet which was created in partnership with the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension office, provides tips for identifying bed bugs and possible bed bug infestations, ways to prevent bed bug infestations in a home and tips for treating and ridding a home of a bed bug infestation.
“Vacation season is upon us, which means that people will be traveling and increasing their risk of bringing bed bugs home as unwanted souvenirs,” said Lee Smith, entomologist and board member, NCPMA. “We realize that there are a lot of misconceptions and confusion about bed bugs and few resources to help clear up that confusion. We’ve developed this booklet to help people understand what bed bugs are, how they move from place to place and how to prevent spreading them into new places. We hope this serves as a useful tool for the people of our state.”
This booklet is available from the NCPMA and its member companies.
“The most effective way to manage the spread of bed bugs is by educating the public about this pest and how they can control it. This booklet does just that,” said Dr. Mike Waldvogel, extension specialist and extension associate professor at North Carolina State University. “The North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension office is proud to work with NCPMA to produce this booklet and help show North Carolinians how they can take an active role in combating the spread of this pest.”
“Bed Bugs: Your Guide to Prevention, Detection & Treatment” includes tips, graphics and information that will help the public better understand bed bugs. Some highlights of the booklet include:
• Identification: A comparison of images of bed bugs and other similar bugs to help people properly identify the pests.
• Prevention: Tips for preventing the spread of bed bugs from the most well-known sources such as vacation stays and used furniture.
• Inspection: A complete guide for inspecting a home and furniture including diagrams identifying the most popular and hard-to-find bed bug hiding places.
• Treatment: A comprehensive list of ways to treat and rid a home of bed bugs.