Bed Bugs: A Manageable Challenge

Bed Bug Fact Sheet

Caption plum: Click on image to download

Bed bug infestations are on the rise all over the country and are a challenge that any home in the Valley might have to face.  The promising news is that there are many steps you can take to prevent bed bugs from entering your home, or to safely eliminate them if they do.   Here you can learn more about bed bugs:  where and how they thrive,  how to recognize them, how to avoid getting them, and how to safely rid your of home of them if they do occur.   You can find facts to dispel some common myths about bed bugs and get help to find a reputable pest control company or regulatory agencies if you need them.

Did you know . . . 

The likelihood of bed bugs infesting an office, car, terminal, bus or light rail is very low?

It is important to remember the difference between an infestation and a sighting.  Bed bugs may be spotted wherever people go, but they breed where people are sleeping or are inactive throughout the night.  So places like offices, schools, and vehicles are not supportive environments for them to infest.  If they are sighted in one of these areas, they are likely to die in a short time and a true infestation is highly unlikely to develop.  

What is a bed bug? From the Experts:

Centers for Disease Control Take the Quiz:
EPA’s Top Ten Bed Bug Tips Bed Bug Myths

New York City's Guide to Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely

National Pest Management Association

 

Where to go for Help:

The city of Phoenix can respond to bed bug sightings on city-owned property.  Here’s where to go with bed bug problems:

  • Home owners should contact a professional pest control company.  Questions to ask a pest control company.  
  • Tenants of residences not managed by the city of Phoenix should work with their landlord to remedy the situation.  If unresolved, visit the Maricopa County Environmental Services website for more information or to file an online complaint or call 602-506-6616.
  • Tenants of City of Phoenix Housing should contact Housing Department at 602-261-8051.

Stop the Spread!

How to Dispose of Bed Bug Infested Items