Fire Departments should have the following documents on hand for response to bed bug incidences.
- Have I Found a Bed Bug? to assist with bed bug identification
- Using Freezing Conditions to Kill Bed Bugs: bunker gear should be frozen to kill bed bugs.
- Informational materials for fire fighters who may encounter bed bugs at work and want to avoid transporting them home.
- Controlling Bed Bugs by Hand
- Vacuuming to Capture Bed Bugs
- Laundering Items to Kill Bed Bugs
Fire departments should keep the following items on hand to assist with bed bug response:
- Plastic tub or large plastic bags; these can be used to isolate items that may have a bed bug infestation
- Sticky tape and small Ziploc style plastic bags; these items can be used to capture specimens to be identified by a professional.
- A notebook or log to keep records; keeping records of when and where bed bugs are sighted or suspected will assist the Pest Management Professional who is treating the building.
- Flashlight; which can be used for conducting inspections of areas or items that are suspected of having a bed bug infestation.
- A large freezer that reaches 0°F or below.