Comments on: Sara and a Social Service Oversight http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/08/sara-and-a-social-service-oversight/ The EPA Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:52:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Jason http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/08/sara-and-a-social-service-oversight/#comment-4204 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:41:10 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/greeningtheapple/?p=10410#comment-4204 We have been experiencing a dramatic rise is bed bug cases reported by social service organizations over the last 24 months. Group homes, learning centers and day programs supporting children and adults with disabilities are at high risk for bed bug infestation. The fact that social services rely on each other to care for individuals is one of the reasons for the spread of bed bugs. A person supported by a social service agency may live on their own or in a group home, take public or private transportation to a job or day program, visit family. All of these areas can experience primary or secondary infestation. If one care provider has an issue with bed bug they need to contact all service/care providers they work with to discuss bed bug education, inspection, prevention and treatment options. A vicious circle of re-infestation is common if all organizations involved don’t communicate and properly treat for bed bugs. The most important thing a care facility or day program can do to prevent or address the bed bug issue is educate staff and parents on signs of bed bugs and assure them that the facility is doing everything to prevent the spread of bed bugs. Social service agencies’ must develop an action plan or protocol for dealing with bed bugs.

Sincerely,
Jason Freels | Bed Bug Services Manager
Batzner Bed Bug Services, Inc.

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