Police 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
- Guidelines for Reducing the Risk of Transporting Bed Bugs for Social Service Employees Who Conduct Home Visits. Much of the advice provided in this guide for home visitors is also beneficial to police officers.
- Informational materials for police officers who may encounter bed bugs at work and want to avoid transporting them home.
- What NOT to Do When You Have Bed Bugs
- How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Entering your Home
- Bed Bug Behavior
- Hiring a Pest Management Professional
- Bed Bug Control In Residences
Police 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.