Reducing the Risk of Transporting Bed Bugs – Guidelines for Home Visits

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Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Anyone who visits residents or clients in their home, apartment, or other dwelling is strongly encouraged toreview and utilize the following guidelines. They have been developed to help minimize the potential fortransporting bed bugs to your workplace or home. Following these guidelines will also limit the potential fortransporting other pests, such as, cockroaches from the premises as well.

Off-Site Preparation:

  • Anyone who conducts visits, inspections or repairs within a home or apartment setting should becomesomewhat familiar with the basics of bed bugs – what they look like, how to identify signs of aninfestation, how to protect yourself from bringing them home with you, etc.
  • Prior to making your first visit, you may choose to discuss any unforeseen issues you may encounterwhen visiting the home, such as pets or chemical treatments currently underway for pests, including bedbugs. The key here is being subtle – Some people are easily offended or may be embarrassed by the factthey are dealing with a pest infestation.

During the Home Visit:

  • Carefully assess the dwelling upon entering – look for clutter and evidence of apest infestation.
  • You may choose to put on protective shoe coverings (booties) before enteringthe dwelling, especially if it is a building with a known infestation.
  • Try to limit the amount of items you take with you into the home or apartment.
  • Never place items directly on a bed, cloth furniture, or on carpeting. If items needto be set down, do so on hard surfaced counters, table tops, etc.
  • Although it may not be feasible, try not to sit down during the visit if at all possible. Some people evenchoose to bring along their own plastic, fold-up stool or chair. You don’t want to be rude, but at leastconsider where you sit during the visit, since bed bugs prefer soft material, like upholstered furniture.
  • If any bed bugs or evidence of an infestation is observed, let the resident know. If the dwelling is arental unit, you can also help by contacting the property owner or manager upon leaving to discussnecessary pest control measures.
  • Remove your protective shoe covers (booties) after walking out of the client’s entrance door. Placebooties in a tightly sealed bag and immediately discard bag in an outdoor trash receptacle.
  • Return to your vehicle, but prior to entering, perform a self inspection. It is important to always checkfor pests immediately after leaving someone’s home and before entering another facility or a vehicle.
  • Spray an approved pesticide directly on any visible bed bugs.
  • Any items you brought with you from the dwelling should be placed in tightly sealed plastic bags priorto placing them in your vehicle.
  • Notify your supervisor in the event of finding evidence of bed bugs while performing your selfinspection. It may be necessary to change into another set of clothing to minimize the potential fortransporting bed bugs or eggs to your home or the office. Any clothing potentially exposed to bed bugsshould be promptly placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag and then washed and dried on a hot setting. Evidence of bed bug infestation: Bed bug fecal matter and Bed bugs and droppings Bed bugs on mattress

 “blood spots” found along seams of mattress

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