NPMA Helps Consumers and Pros Stay Informed Part II of II

Continuing from Monday…

Registering New/Existing/Legacy Pesticides for the Professional Market for the Control of Bed Bugs – Recent studies have shown that bed bugs of this generation are becoming pesticide resistant. The NPMA is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to review their pesticide registration process and eliminate or minimize barriers to introducing new bed bug pesticide products.  The NPMA suggests that the EPA have an “accelerated review of new products, adjustment of registration fees, and determine if those changes can be made administratively or require a statutory fix.”

Assigning of Specific Responsibilities to Landlords, Tenants & Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) in the Management & Prevention of Bed Bug Infestations in Multi-Family Housing – Recognizing that bed bug infestations in multi-family housing units cannot be properly managed without the cooperation of tenants, landlords, and pest management professionals, the NPMA supports statewide measures outlining clear guidelines that all parties should follow when an infestation occurs.  The NPMA believes that it is important to place no blame on anyone who is suffering with a bed bug infestation.

Including Bed Bugs in the Legal Definition of “Vermin or “Pest” – Bed bug infestations not only cause significant financial strains on consumers, they can also cause negative health issues.  Reactions to bed bug bites vary from person to person and range from mild to severe.  Additionally, many people report suffering adverse emotional and psychological side effects from having a bed bug infestation.  Government agencies across the United States continue to regard bed bug infestations as a “nuisance”, but for those who suffer through the relentless bloodsucking attacks, these bugs are worse than a “nuisance”  The NPMA supports and encourages efforts made to add bed bugs to a jurisdiction or health code’s legal definition of the term “vermin” or “pest”.