Bed Bug Guidance
Enter Places That Might Have Bed Bugs
Many people will enter places they suspect may have bed bugs. Home health workers, maintenance and cleaning personnel, persons making deliveries and installations, travelers staying at hotels, and pest control personnel must enter structures that are potentially bed bug-infested. By following the suggestions below, they can reduce their risk of picking up and transporting bed bugs to their homes and workplaces.
Guidelines for Reducing the Risk of Transporting Bed Bugs
It is becoming fairly commonplace to find bed bugs in public and private workplaces. Why? Bed bugs are small and they like to hide. Anyone could carry them into your building on their clothing, personal belongings, and shoes. However, there is no need to panic if you find them in your workplace. Properly handled, the bed bugs can be eliminated with minimum disruption to your operations.
Bed Bugs and Occupational Health
Employers have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its applicable regulations, including taking every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the health and safety of a worker.
Bed Bug Action Plan for Home Health Care & Social Workers
Healthcare and social workers that routinely visit clients’ homes as a part of their job are at risk for contacting bed bugs. Service workers need to be bed bug conscious if they are to avoid transporting bed bugs in their cars, taking bed bugs to the office, or even taking bed bugs home with them.
September Bed Bugs
Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, are soft-bodied, flat-shaped, brown to rusty-red colored insects. Like fleas, ticks, head lice and mosquitoes, bed bugs feed on blood.
Bed Bugs in Schools & Daycare Centers
Because people are constantly entering and exiting, schools and daycare centers are likely places for bed bugs to be transported to and from. Protocols should be established to deal with bed bugs when they appear.