New Federal Bed Bug Legislation On The Horizon? Part I Of II

Bed bugs continue to make their march across the United States.  Despite efforts to educate the public about the tenacious little vampires, these bugs continue to infest and multiply homes and businesses at alarming rates.

In an effort to help curtail bed bug infestations that are plaguing so many Americans in the United States, there is now a new federal bed bug Bill that is being considered by Congressional committee members.  HR 967 – The Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act of 2011was introduced by Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH) this week.  This Bill would “amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to support the efforts to control and eradicate bed bugs with respect to public health, and for other purposes.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), which is a leading authority on all pest related issues, has announced that they support the new bed bug legislation.  In response to the Bill, Mr. Rosenberg, Senior Vice President at the NPMA said “Pest management professionals are on the front lines of the bed bug war, but cannot go at it alone. It is important the government, the public and the pest control industry work together to minimize infestations through education, building awareness and assistance. This Bill sets the stage for this crucial cooperation.”

The legislation up for consideration contains several beneficial components that will aid government agencies, pest control experts, and residents in the battle against bed bug infestations.

Here are the highlights of the pending bed bug Bill:

Establish a research program to control and eradicate bed bugs.  Grants to be used to:

• Develop more effective chemicals and chemical methods to detect, prevent and manage bed bug infestations.

• Identifying or discovering affordable and effective methods of managing bed bugs.

• Establish a Bed Bug Task Force which would consist of representatives from the pest management industry, hospitality industry, public health organizations, and any other group significantly impacted by bed bug infestations.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.