REGULATORY CONTROL OF BED BUGS
Regulatory control focuses on the steps that are taken at the state level to combat a growing infestation of the target pest. In the case of the bedbug, 22 states as well as one territory have put laws into place to slow the spread of this blood sucking insect. These mainly address areas such as hotels, schools, and other public rental facilities, and in some cases privately owned companies. These laws have been put into place due to the recent increase in bedbug infestations over the past 30 years. Due to the nature of this pest most laws focus on making sure the spread of bedbugs from infested locations is cut down by massive margins.