In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned of the “emerging public health issues associated with bed bugs.” In light of the increased complaints received by public-health agencies in the past five years, the question of how to deal with bed bugs arises. Four graduates of the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, with work begun in the school’s Public Service Clinics program, have an answer: they are providing local governments with a summary of the problem and suggestions to mitigate it.

Benjamin Adrian, Olivia Dooley, Chen Huang, and Michael Levkowitz – all members of the Class of 2015 – created “Tackling Bed Bugs: A Starter Guide for Local Governments” for the National Pesticide Information Center and EPA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). The comprehensive guide to bed bugs provides local government officials with an overview of the problem; suggests policy tools; and describes ways to evaluate successful approaches. The EPA also posted the guide on its Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse.

(For those readers who do prefer to sleep tight, bed bugs do NOT transmit diseases.)