Advice to Garment and Furniture Recycling / Re-use Organizations

Modified from Dr. Stephen A. Kells, Associate Professor, Structural and Stored Product Entomology, University of Minnesota
1. Contact a local canine scent detection team to see if they would donate time or provide  Chair
    reduced cost services for periodic bed bug detections.

2. Train receivers to ask direct questions about materials received. They could have asked if
    furniture was clean and bug free. Ensure they are able to identify bed bug-soiled materials.

3. Realize that bed bug sources may not be just the donated furniture, but clientele visiting
    the store, or employees, may be transporting bed bugs.

4. Place a control step in the system for at-risk materials, such as heat treatment, fumigation,
    or even a simple clothes dryer (keep in mind that fumigations require licensed personnel,
    following the label, etc.). Many of these smaller groups may be able to leverage a
    donation of equipment or services. The key here is to identify and minimize at-risk materials,
    as not all items require control (i.e., the importance of step two).

5. Have control scenarios planned ahead of time, include licensed and experienced PMPs in this
    planning.

6. Understand the potential cost of handling, disposing, or controlling a widespread
    infestation. Earlier detection and containment of smaller infestations will be less of a hit to              
    their budget. Especially if they are identified as a source of infestation and have to assist in
    cleaning up an infestation in a recipient’s place of residence.
 
The cost of eliminating a large infestation can be a major shot to a non-profit’s budget. Anticipating a bed bug issue can greatly reduce the risk and enable organizers to set up funding and donations for equipment and services to help with monitoring, containment and response programs.