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Bed Bug Handbook: The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control
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L.J. Pinto, R. Cooper, and S.K. Kraft (2007)

The Bed Bug Handbook is a complete and up-to-date guide to bed bugs and their control. It includes sections on the history and impacts of bed bugs, their biology and habits, how bed bugs spread, and medical and social considerations of bed bugs infestations. The largest portions of the book consists of practical step-by step guidance for preventing bed bug infestations and for dealing with bed bug outbreaks. There is an extensive section on bed bug inspections. The Bed Bug Handbook includes checklists for preventing and controlling bed bugs in specific kinds of facilities, such as apartments, hotels, medical facilities, and furniture rental warehouses.
266 pages, paperback.

Table of Contents
About the Authors

1. Sleeping with the Devil

Introduction to Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Fast Facts

2. A Brief History of Bed Bugs

From Ancient Egypt to the Industrial Age
Bed Bugs in the Modern Era
Why Are Bed Bug Problems on the Rise?

3. Bed Bug Biology

Bed Bug Feeding Habits
Growth and Development

4. Medical and Social Considerations

Bed Bugs and Good Housekeeping
Transient or Overcrowded Conditions
Bloodsucking, Bites, Reactions
Delusions of Parasitosis

5. Business and Management Considerations

Responsibility for Bed Bug Infestations
Dealing with a Bed Bug Crisis
How to Choose a Pest Control Company
How Much Will It Cost?
Business Aspects for Pest Control Firms

6. Introduction to Bed Bug Control

What Makes Bed Bugs So Tough to Control?
IPM and Bed Bugs
Evaluating Success and Fine Tuning Control

7. Bed Bug Prevention

Training Key Employees
Managing Furniture Storage Areas
Room and Furniture Design
Preventive Insecticide Barriers
Preventive Heat Treatment
Keeping Bed Bugs Out of a Home

8. Bed Bug Inspection

Status of Bed Bug Detection Today
Types of Bed Bug Inspections
Comprehensive Bed Bug Inspections
Canine Scent Detection for Bed Bugs

9. Nonchemical Control Tactics

Mechanical Controls
Thermal Treatments

10. Insecticides

Insecticides Used Against Bed Bugs Today
Menu of Insecticide Treatment Sites
Insecticide Resistance in Bed Bugs

11. Safety

Technician and Inspector Safety
Protecting People and Pets

Appendix: Action Checklists

Apartment and Other Multifamily Housing
Choosing a Pest Control Contractor
Dormitories, Residence Halls, and Barracks
Furniture Rental and Rent-to-Own
Health Care Facilities
Hotels, Motels, and Other Lodging
Pest Control Companies


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