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State Bed Bug Policy Legislative (AHAO62M)

Presented by: Doug Farquhar
 
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60 minutes
  •  Wed, October 19, 2016
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Learn about Government Efforts to Prevent and Control Bed Bug Infestations, and How Travelers can protect themselves

Bedbugs are a particularly challenging pest. They can live in tight spaces, multiply quickly and have few enemies. Worse of all, they feed on the skin of humans, making them an extreme nuisance. And they can travel, living in the suitcases or clothes of travelers, infesting new areas and rooms. Hotel rooms that are thoroughly cleaned regularly can become infested after 1 visit from a carrier.

Bedbugs do not transmit disease, therefore, states have a limited interest in controlling them. However, policy makers have been active on legislation to require disclosure of bedbugs and bedbug nuisances by property managers, hotel owners and landlords. Public information on the location of a bedbug infestation impacts the ability to rent or book a room at the location. And there is little information on how long the notification should last, or if it can be removed if the problem is addressed.

With the growth in the travel industry, bedbugs will continue to spread into places with any sort of transient populations, from the inexpensive week-long stay hotel to long term rentals to high end hotels for the business traveler. Travelers will be wary of traveling if or when they become infected, and bringing bedbugs home after a trip lends to even more difficulties.

This session with expert speaker Doug Farquhar will look into the nature of bedbugs, government efforts to address the bedbug situation, and how the traveling public and industry can protect itself from bedbugs. You will learn about the policy challenges in controlling bedbug populations, what states have done, and the limitations for the government to do more.

Session Highlights:

  • Learn the nature and life of a bedbug
  • Discover why the federal government and many state and local governments are unable to address them.
  • Learn what state and local governments can do to address bedbugs
  • Learn what environmental health professionals can do to address bedbugs
  • Learn what state legislatures could do to address bedbugs
  • Charts on the life of a bedbug
  • Lists of state laws designed to control bedbugs
  • Challenges faced by the environmental health community on controlling bedbugs

Who should attend?

  • Environmental health and safety personnel concerned with bedbug infestations
  • State and local policy makers concerned about bedbugs in their jurisdictions
About Our Speaker(s)

Doug Farquhar | State Legislative Policy SpeakerDoug Farquhar
Doug Farquhar is an attorney with over 25 years’ experience working with policy makers on environmental and health issues. Primarily working with state legislatures, he has testified 51 times before legislative committees in 31 states, in addition to consulting with state agency staff in every state on enlightening s... More info

 
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