Author: Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC
Senior living communities have a high risk of attracting bed bugs for a number of reasons.
First, residents move in with personal belongings, which can be infested with bed bugs. Because these items are not typically inspected with the same protocols used for community furnishings, they remain infested. Senior living communities also have many visitors who may transport bed bugs on handbags, luggage, or personal items brought to residents. Finally, studies have shown that senior living residents may be less likely to react to bed bug bites, meaning it could take longer to identify and address the pest’s presence.
To learn more about bed bugs and the steps you can take to prepare for and respond to an infestation, ALFA is partnering with Orkin, Willis, and Elmcroft Senior Living to provide a bed bug webinar series for senior living staff. The webinars will share tips on how you can help protect your residents – and your reputation – by adopting the following preventive measures:
About the Webinars: The bed bug is a pest that requires constant vigilance. Education helps build staff awareness and increases the chances that the pest will be discovered before your bed bug problem becomes a full-blown infestation.
To register for the webinars, visit alfa.org/bedbugwebinar. The exploration into bed bugs begins Thursday, Nov. 8th with a free Bed Bug 101 informational webinar. The two-part, advanced webinar series, Effective Bed Bug Prevention and Management in Senior Living Communities, takes place Thursday, Nov. 15th and Thursday, Nov. 29th. The advanced webinar series is worth two CEU credit hours.
About the Author: Ron Harrison, Entomologist, Ph.D., is Director of Technical Services for Orkin and an acknowledged leader in the field of pest management. Contact Dr. Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit orkincommercial.com for more information.
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