Any confusion as to who is responsible for a bed bug infestation within any public housing facility may now be put to rest. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created new bed bug protocol that will protect the tenant and the landlord that will go into effect immediately.
It has been recommended that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans be implemented to help control bed bugs as well as other types of household pests and HUD is strongly encouraging Pubic Housing Agencies (PHAs) to incorporate a good IPM plan. According to HUD, the procedures include:
“Raising awareness through education on the prevention of bed bugs.
Inspecting infested area, plus surrounding living spaces.
Checking for bed bugs in luggage and clothes when returning home from a trip.
Looking for bed bugs or signs of an infestation on secondhand items before bringing the items home.
Correctly identifying the pest. Keeping records indicating dates and locations where pests are found.
Cleaning all items within a bed bug infested living area.
Reducing clutter where bed bugs can hide.
Eliminating bed bug habitats.
Physically removing bed bugs through cleaning.
Using pesticides carefully according to the label directions.
Following up on inspections and possible treatments.”
In the new guidelines, PHA must respond to complaints of bed bugs within 24 hours and discuss what measures will be taken to get rid of the pests with tenants. Inspection of the unit in question, as well as the units above, below, and on the sides must also be performed within three business days. If bed bugs are not found, re-inspection must be completed periodically over the next several months.
Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.