USDA RD Guidance - integrating a pest management control plan

On June 5, 2013 U.S.D.A. Rural Development issued an Unnumbered Letter to provide information to Borrowers, Management Agents, and residents of Rural Development multi-family properties and to remind all parties of the importance of prevention, identification, and treatment of infestations to include but not limited to bed bugs, insects, and all manner of vermin.

The goal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development's Multi-Family Housing (MFH) programs is to provide adequate, affordable, decent, safe and sanitary rental units for very low-, low, and moderate-income households in rural areas.  Pursuant to 7 CRF 3560.103, the housing project must have all units free of visible signs of insects or rodents and must be free of signs of insect or rodent damage. This includes providing guidance aimed at preventing and addressing infestations. Of particular concern is the growing problem of bed bugs.Bed Bug

In this Unnumbered Letter, U.S.D.A provides guidance to encourage Multi-family project borrowers and managers to develop an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) to focus on preventing bed bug infestations. The unnumbered letter also provides guidance on addressing infestations and utilization of project resources with special attention given to recurring infestations and how to respond to inspection findings.

Click here to read the Unnumbered Letter in its entirety.

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