Laws on Bed Bugs by State

NPMA has compiled state specific bed bug laws and rules into one document. Click here to review the information. In a nutshell, fifteen states have passed or enacted bed bug specific legislation or rulemaking, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia.

Many of the bed bug laws or rules are "legacy" statutes or regulations, ranging from 30 to 90 plus years old.  The laws and rules focus on bed bug infestations in a variety of specific settings such as multifamily housing (Arizona, Florida, Maine, New York) vacation homes (South Dakota), trains (Illinois), hotels (Kansas, Nevada, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia), schools (New York) and migrant labor camps (Iowa).  Laws in Arizona and Texas deem bed bugs a public health nuisance.  

Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, and New York bed bug laws (particularly vital to NYC) were passed or enacted since bed bug populations rebounded 10 plus years ago. Legislation on bed bugs is pending by state, with Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania considering regulations.