FAIRFAX, VA.—”Just when it seemed bed bug public policy had come to a screeching halt,” a recent news article by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) quips, “we’re in the midst of the biggest flurry of bed bug related legislative and regulatory activity we’ve seen since populations of the pest rebounded 10-plus years ago.”
The NPMA rounds up the following:
- San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed bed bug legislation.
- The Chicago City Council is debating a contentious bed bug ordinance.
- Oregon has enacted a bed bug specific bill and rulemaking.
- The New Hampshire General Court passed and forwarded to the Governor a bed bug bill.
- Maryland proposed (and reproposed) the first-ever canine scent detection team specific rulemaking.
- The Connecticut General Assembly is moving closer to passing legislation assigning responsibilities to tenant and landlords in fighting and preventing bed bug infestations in multifamily housing.
“Long-considered measures in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York seemed stalled, but that could change if some of the pending legislation in other states is enacted,” the article concludes.