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Draft of the Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs Available for Public Comment

For Release: September 4, 2013

The management of bed bugs continues to pose a major challenge to state and local governments, private industry and the American public. EPA is inviting comment on the draft Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs which provides guidance for how the various levels of government can contribute to minimizing the negative effects of bed bug infestations on human health and the economy.

The draft Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs was developed by The Federal Bed Bug Work Group, which was established based on a recommendation from the first National Bed Bug Summit in April 2009. The current workgroup comprises representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The strategy is organized into five priority areas for bed bug control (Prevention, Surveillance and IPM, Community Efforts, Education and Communication, and Research). For each of these priority areas, the strategy defines the problem, recommends actions and discusses ways to measure the success of these actions.

It also advocates for a logical, integrated approach to bed bug management, with a focus on cooperation among all levels of government and the community. When communities customize implementation at the local level, they are able to draw on their own unique characteristics and strengths to develop a more robust management program. Effective implementation of this strategy should decrease costs to the community and achieve a better level of bed bug control.

The draft Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs is available for public comment at www.regulations.gov in Docket# EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0537. Comments will be accepted until September 18, 2013.

For more information on Bed Bug Control, please see the following bed bug resources:

Bed Bug Information website:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/bedbugs/

Bed Bug Clearinghouse:
http://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/bedbug-clearinghouse.html

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