How do you get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are hitchhikers that are very good at hiding from people. Long-term control relies on preventing introduction and detecting new infestations early. Basically, no silver bullet exists. Pest control has changed and we are still working on the best solutions for bed bug management.

Educate residents and staff about how to prevent bed bugs from hitchhiking on their belongings. Teach residents and staff to inspect for signs and check monitors often. Involve professionals ASAP and rely on them for all pesticide use and recommendations. Furniture removal should be the exception, not the norm. Install mattress- and box-spring encasements and bed bug interceptors. Offer products and services for free to incentivize cooperation.

That is the quick summary. For more information, including a "Template Affordable Housing Bed Bug Plan", see the bed bugs page.