Bed Bug Management in Shelters, Group Living and Other Multi-Unit Housing Facilities

The elderly are less likely to react to a bed bug bite. Add in the facts that vision declines with age; clutter increases due to a lifetime’s accumulation of goods; more socializing occurs; and sharing of space, clothes and transportation takes place; and it’s easy to understand how bed bugs go undetected and spread in elder care housing. Many of these factors also challenge bed bug management in other multi-unit housing. Listed below are links to managing bed bugs in shelters, apartments, hotels, and other multi-unit housing environments.

Precautionary Statement

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This publication contains pesticide recommendations that are subject to change at any time. The recommendations in this publication are provided only as a guide. It is always the pesticide applicator’s responsibility, by law, to read and follow all current label directions for the specific pesticide being used. The label always takes precedence over the recommendations found in this publication.

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