Bed Bug Handbook: The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control, Second Edition
by L.J. Pinto, R. Cooper, and S.K. Kraft

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The first edition of the Bed Bug Handbook was published 14 years ago, early in a resurgence as bed bugs proliferated in the U.S. and around the world.  At that time, many of the available insecticides, devices, and methods simply did not work very well against bed bugs. Because the Bed Bug Handbook provided effective and practical step-by-step guidance for preventing infestations and for dealing with bed bug outbreaks, the book became an essential reference for pest management professionals.

Science and technology related to bed bugs and their control have advanced greatly in 14 years. This hardcover second edition of the Bed Bug Handbook recognizes that. It is a complete and up-to-date guide to bed bugs and their control today. The Handbook presents practical, how-to advice along with credible scientific information and evaluations. When discussing a particular control tactic, tool, protocol, or practice, the authors include discussions and references, and briefly present any research findings, good or bad, to help professionals choose.

The Bed Bug Handbook is an essential resource for pest management professionals and others interested in bed bugs and their control. Greatly expanded since the first edition, the new edition of the  Bed Bug Handbook has 375 pages and is fully illustrated, including 290 color photographs. Topics covered include the following:

Action checklists by site • Action plans • Aggregation • Bed bug activity periods Bed bug policies • Bed bugs and health • Bed isolation • Best practices • Biology Bite reactions • Canine scent detection • Clutter reduction • Cold treatments Confirming infestations • Contracts and service agreements • Disease Disinfesting by laundering and drying • Dispersal • Ecology • Education and outreach Encasements • EPA-exempt products • Feeding habits Formulations of insecticides • Fumigation • Growth and development Heat treatment • Host choice • Insecticide effectiveness • Insecticide options Inspections • Insurance • Interceptor traps • Lawsuits • Limited service option Low-prep option • Management plans • Management versus elimination Monitoring for bed bugs • Occupational safety and health • Preparation requirements Preventive treatments • Professionalism and ethics • Record=keeping • Re-infestation Reservoirs of bed bugs • Resident cooperation • Resistance to insecticides Signs of bed bugs • Social and societal impacts • Specialty products Standards of care • Steam treatment • Training • Treatment sites Under-reported infestations • Unsuitable practices and ineffective tools • Vacuums
…and many more