The resurgence of bed bugs since the late 1990s has resulted in much anxiety for the general public as well as significant concern in the pest management industry about successful control. The control and elimination of this pest can be very difficult, invasive and expensive due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, resistance to certain pesticides, labor costs, reintroductions and the necessity for good client cooperation as part of the treatment process. There are many factors that should be considered when determining which products or methods are the best option to control a given bed bug infestation. Multiple products, methods and technologies may be employed as part of a successful bed bug strategy.
NPMA has developed numerous resources for pest management professionals including Best Management Practices. These guidelines are intended to help pest management professionals control bed bugs effectively, responsibly, and safely. Additionally, NPMA has performed multiple surveys of PMPs to identify industry trends, developed position papers and provided educational opportunities for members. NPMA continues to engage with state and federal regulators to encourage common sense regulation and advocate for additional technologies to battle bed bugs.