Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs Now Available
The management of bed bugs continues to be a major challenge for communities, state and local governments, private industry and the American public. Today, on behalf of the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, EPA is releasing the Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs, providing guidance for how the various levels of government can minimize the negative effects of bed bug infestations on human health and the economy.
The Strategy 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. By implementing programs that address the issues discussed in this strategy, communities can reduce costs and achieve a better level of bed bug control.
The Strategy is organized into four priority areas for bed bug control:
- Surveillance and Integrated Pest Management,
- Education and Communication, and
For each priority area, the Strategy defines the problem, recommends actions and discusses ways to measure the success of these actions. Readers will also find information on the elements of a successful program; what collaboration needs to take place; how to measure results; and, the identification of research needs.
The Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs was developed by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, which was established based on a recommendation from the first National Bed Bug Summit in April 2009. The strategy was developed with input from representatives of the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, represented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs is available at www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/collaborative-strategy-bed-bugs.
For more information on Bed Bug Control, please visit: www2.epa.gov/bedbugs.
An Easier Way to Find Your Pesticide Program Contacts
Finding program contact information for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs just got easier. We have launched a new Pesticide Contacts and Organization Information website to serve as a hub to find regional and headquarters contacts, hotlines, organizational charts, and visitor information. This website is part of EPA’s effort to design easy-to-use Web content that can be viewed on all devices, including tablets and smartphones.
The new website includes updated contact information for some programs, so please familiarize yourself with the website and update your contacts and bookmarks as necessary. The address for the new website is: www2.epa.gov/pesticide-contacts.
Minimum Risk Pesticide Web Information Updated and Expanded
As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed ourMinimum Risk Pesticides website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information should now be easier to access regardless of the type of device being used (for example, laptop, tablet, or smart phone). The new site highlights the most-requested information and has been redesigned based on historic website traffic, with a focus on stakeholders who are interested in manufacturing, selling or distributing minimum risk pesticides. Minimum risk pesticides are those pesticides that EPA has determined pose little to no risk to human health or the environment and are therefore exempted from the requirement that they be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
In transforming the website, EPA has included more information to be clearer about the conditions that a product must meet to be considered minimum risk. It is important to note that this website does not reflect any regulatory changes or new requirements for manufacturers.
The website is organized into the following areas:
- About Minimum Risk Pesticides
- Conditions to Qualify as a Minimum Risk Pesticide Product
- Clarifications about Minimum Risk Active and Inert Ingredients
- Regulation and Enforcement of Minimum Risk Pesticides
The old Web pages will redirect to the new website, and we encourage visitors to update their bookmarks with the new URLs.
The address for the new website is: www2.epa.gov/minimum-risk-pesticides.
Get Answers to Your Questions about Pesticide Ingredients in EPA’s Newest Resource Directory
The Pesticide Program’s newest resource directory is titled “Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products” and contains valuable information on pesticide product chemicals, both active and inert ingredients. The target audiences for the resource directory include consumers, press, and registrants interested in finding out more about a pesticide ingredient. The directory explains the different types of pesticides and ingredients. It currently contains fact sheets on a few of the more commonly searched-for active ingredients and pesticides groups, and more will be added over time. Our online databases of chemicals, inert ingredients, and pesticide product labels are also conveniently provided in the directory.
The Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products resource directory can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products.
The Center for Integrated Pest Management has launched the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website. This site is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores or disposes of pesticides. The website complements the work of Extension agents and Pesticide Safety Education Programs. It covers a wide variety of stewardship topics ranging from storage, handling and disposal, drift runoff and has an extensive section for Homeowners.