public policy

Bed Bugs

Rutgers Researchers Publish Important Study on Efficacy of "Minimum-Risk" Products for Bed Bug Control
(Posted Oct. 14, 2014)
NPMA has been extremely concerned about the avalanche of minimum-risk or 25b pesticides marketed for bed bug control that have entered the market the last few years and the effectiveness of such products. These pesticides are exempt from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's normal registration requirements, largely because they are oil or plant based and deemed to pose no risk to human health or the environment and are seemingly free to make claims about the products' efficacy and toxicity that conventional pesticides may not make.

Newly published research by Rutgers University's Dr. Changlu Wang, Richard Cooper and Narinderpal Singh evaluates the efficacy of 11 minimum risk products marketed for bed bug control as well as two widely used synthetic pesticides including a relatively new combination neonicotinoid/synthetic pyrethroid product. While the results of the study were wide ranging, they do justify NPMA's concern about the EPA's lack of scrutiny of minimum risk products and raise significant public policy questions as we move in to the second half of the second decade of the bed bug resurgence in the United States. The research also underscores the value of the new combination products in controlling bed bug infestations and the importance of protecting those and other structural uses from local pesticide bans. Click here to read the study.

Pesticide Program Update: Draft of the Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs

After 4 years in development, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly published a draft of the Federal Strategy on Bed Bugs. The professional pest management industry and affected stakeholders hope to have substantial input on the final version of this document. If you would like to view the EPA announcement click here. If you would like to view the EPA docket and draft plan, please click here. Comments are no longer being accepted on this document and the release date for the final document has not been announced.