Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown parasitic insects that bite the exposed skin of sleeping humans and animals to feed on their blood. Although bedbugs aren't known to spread disease, they can cause other public health and economic issues.
About the size of an apple seed, bedbugs hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards, bed frames and any other objects around a bed. The risk of encountering bedbugs increases if you spend time in places with high turnovers of nighttime guests — such as hotels, hospitals or homeless shelters.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bedbugs/symptoms-causes/syc-20370001; accessed February 1, 2020.
Survey the Premises
Respond To Your Findings: If you find more bed bugs…
Protect Yourself And Your Employees
Communicate with Your Staff and Customers
Debunk the Misconceptions
What about an employee who has bed bugs at home?
Strategies to try
Bed bugs are a manageable problem! With a little education and a surveillance program, you can keep them from becoming a major disruption in your workplace.
From http://centralohiobedbugs.org/guidance-for-professionals/social-services/bed-bugs-in-the-workplace/; accessed August 1, 2017.
Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Prevention and Treatment of Bed Bugs in Public Libraries
Six months after the introduction of one mated, female bed bug into a location, an infestation scenario could look something like this:
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Bed Bugs and Other Bad News: An Opportunity for Media and Public Relations
"Problems in libraries, such as inappropriate behavior, leaks, and pests occur from time to time. Deciding when, what, and to whom to communicate this information is an essential part of the recovery process and can make the difference between acceptance and fear. Making a decision to communicate about any situation in an academic library can be based on similar principles for managing bad news in a corporate environment. For example, one common principle of media relations is to bring the story to the media rather than having the media come to you. Transparency and honesty are also cornerstones to turning a bad situation into one where the public is able to have compassion and begin to trust the organization."
From http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/conferences/confsandpreconfs/2015/Godfrey_Bigler_Soehner.pdf; accessed August 25, 2017.
Bed Bugs and Schools