Resources

For your convenience, we’ve gathered a list of quick links with helpful information for people hoping to learn about, prevent and/or manage bedbug infestations. Check back periodically, as we will continue to update our list.

BEDBUG PREVENTION AND PROTECTION

The Bedbug Reports website is a service to people wanting to report bed bugs, particularly in hotels. You can leave a report of your own on the site or see where bedbugs have been reported in a state-by-state database. | http://www.bedbugreports.com/

The Bed Bug Registry is a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations. | http://bedbugregistry.com/

More information on Prevention and Treatment | http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/bed-bug-blog/

The Environmental Protection Agency offers a clearinghouse of information on a variety of bedbug-related topics. | http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs

Change.org advocates for a comprehensive public health campaign that focuses on prevention and non-toxic alternatives. The group has petitioned the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)to declare bed bugs an epidemic-level public health pest. That classification can help secure funding for much-needed research on bed bug control, as well as giving the issue the full power of the CDC’s outreach tools to raise public awareness about non-toxic treatment. | https://www.change.org/p/cdc-stop-the-bed-bug-epidemic

Bedbugs travel from hotels to suitcase. See list of Top 10 hotels with bedbug infestations, based on information from TripAdvisor.com | http://www.examiner.com/article/top-10-bedbug-infested-hotels-the-united-states-bedbugs-travel-from-hotel-mattress-to-suitcase

LEGAL ISSUES

Bedbug-related Lawsuits on the Rise | http://www.bed-bugs-handbook.com/bed-bug-lawsuit.html | http://www.bedbuggeneral.com/Bed_Bug_Litigations_and_Lawsuits_s/61.htm

PESTICIDE RESISTANCE

Pubmed.gov cites research indicating wide resistence to pesticides among bedbug populations. | http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20301216/

Consumer Reports provides information on the dangers of using pesticides without proper training and offers advice, including hiring a certified pesticide professional. | http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/11/cdc-warns-about-bedbug-pesticides/index.htm

BEDBUGS AND HEALTH RISKS

WebMD.com offers information on bedbug bites, skin inflammation and treatment. | http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation

Do bedbugs spread MRSA? Read what the experts at WebMD have to say. | http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20110511/do-bedbugs-spread-mrsa

This article reflects on the relationship between bedbugs and disease transmission. | http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/2/200.long

See chart of relationship between pathogen transmission and bedbugs |
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/2/200/T1.expansion.html

Bedbugs can carry drug resistant bacteria. | http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/bedbugs-carry-drug-resistant-bacteria-study/story?id=13571434

Bedbug bites can open wound where infectious diseases, such as staphyllococus infections and MRSA, can take hold. |
http://www.themathhattan.com/2010/11/06/bedbugs-deadly-at-least-one-expert-thinks-sonews/

Infectious Diseases Society of America reports concern about difficulty in finding effective treatments | http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/1/1.long

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention | http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/bedbugs/

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