The BB ALERT® products are not complicated and have been designed for use by:

Pest management professionals to confirm Bed Bug activity prior to treatment and to verify treatment effectiveness as well as provide on-going service contracts and contractual revenue.

Home owners; to detect the presence of Bed Bugs.
Owners and managers in the health, hospitality and similar industries who hold responsibility for the well being of their clients.
Whether you are an anxious home -owner, an industry professional, a pest control specialist or just intrigued by the Bed Bug "plague" that is engulfing the world, we hope that you will find something of interest and value in this site.


The scientific links provided here are to published scientific information about Bed Bugs.

Research into Bed Bugs has been very limited since their decline as a serious pests. Bed Bugs are difficult animals to maintain in a laboratory environment, and there were few commercial reasons to investigate them.

The recent large increase in Bed Bug infestations has caused renewed scientific interest into all aspects of Bed Bug biology and behavior. Much of this work is ongoing, and the results of the investigations eagerly awaited.

European Code of Practice
European Code of Practice for Bed Bug Management produced by the Bed Bug Foundation.

The aims of the Code of Practice are:

• To establish best practice through broad industry consultation.
• To set educational standards and develop professional qualifications.
• Operational benchmarking for infestation resolution.
• Safeguard due diligence enhancing brand protection.

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The History of Bed Bug Management

The History of Bed Bug Management [pdf file] - March 2011, Michael Potter

Codes of Practice for Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Code of Practice (by Dr. Stephen Doggett, Australia) [pdf file]

3rd Edition Final, May 2010, Stephen L. Doggett



Bed Bug Management Policy for Accommodation Providers

Bed Bug Management Policy for Accommodation Providers [pdf file]

1st Edition Draft, May 2010, Stephen L. Doggett



What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing

What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing:
Reconciling best practices with research and the realities of implementation

February 2010, US Environmental Protection Agency.



New South Wales Public Health Bulletin (Australia)

A Survey of Bedbugs in Short-Stay Lodges [pdf file]

An increase in the number of anecdotal reports of bedbug infestations in short-stay lodge-type accommodation in the City of Sydney prompted a pilot survey to determine the extent of the problem. (Public Health Bulletin - Vol: 15 No. 11-12)


Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (UK)

Are bed bug infestations on the increase within Greater London?

A study to determine whether the number of properties infested with bed bugs in Greater London is increasing. (Journal of Environmental Health Research - vol:9 issue:1)


World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO fact sheet on bedbugs

Vector Control - Methods for Use by Individuals and Communities


Mayo Clinic (USA)

Bed Bugs - Comprehensive Overview

Covering symptoms, treatment, prevention, pictures of the insects and their bites.


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Bed Bug Infestations in an Urban Environment

A study to determine the extent of reemerging bed bug infestations in homeless shelters and other locations in Toronto, Canada.


Article Archives (USA)

Cimex lectularius L., the common bed bug from Pharaonic Egypt

The desiccating conditions of the edge of the Egyptian desert provide excellent media for the preservation of biological materials. As well as the human flea, Pulex irritans L., and numerous pests of stored products, well-preserved specimens of Cimex, the genus which includes the bed bug, were also recovered. (Originally Published in "Antiquity" journal)