The National Pest Management Association Launches Bed Bug Website

FAIRFAX, Va. (May 9, 2011)The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has unveiled a new educational website,, which provides unbiased and accurate bed bug information to the public. The site was designed to be a valuable resource for people who are either dealing with a bed bug infestation or educating themselves on ways to prevent bringing this unwanted pest home.

"Bed bugs have made an astounding resurgence in recent years," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "In fact, according to a recent survey by the NPMA, one in five Americans have had an infestation or know someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel. Understandably, the public is eager for reliable information about this pest. Through, the NPMA is arming people with the information they need to either help control or prevent an infestation." offers expanded bed bug resources and information on the history of bed bugs, as well as their biology, signs of infestations and places where the pests are frequently found. Other site features include frequently asked questions, prevention tips, current bed bug news, a blog, and photography and video footage of bed bugs.

The site also provides the NPMA's recently released Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bed Bugs. The BMPs help people understand the accepted best practices for detecting bed bugs, working with a professional and enacting appropriate follow up. Adherence to the BMPs ensures consumers receive the best and most effective treatment for infestations.

If a visitor to the site suspects that they have a bed bug infestation, they can use the zip code locator function to find a qualified, local pest professional that can inspect their home, identify an infestation and recommend the most effective course of treatment. For more information, please visit or

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.