Bed bugs continue to be an important public health pest in the U.S. and are very difficult to control. Low-income communities suffer disproportionally higher bed bug infestation rates. Many residents fail to report infestations until the bed bug numbers become high. Even when they realize they have bed bugs, some choose to use over-the-counter insecticides to treat for bed bugs. These practices cause chronic infestations, large amount of insecticide usage, and high risk of pesticide exposure to humans and exacerbate the development of insecticide resistance in field populations of bed bugs. Our objectives are to educate the residents through seminars and brochures and quantitatively analyze resident behavior toward bed bug infestations. By understanding the residents' behavior and knowledge about bed bugs, we can design more effective strategies to tackle the challenges encountered in the current pest control programs, and design effective strategies to prevent and control bed bug infestations.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/12 → 8/31/15|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))