Maryland gets grant to fight bed bugs

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has received a $142,440 federal grant to fight bed bugs in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland.

The two-year grant is among five totaling $550,000 awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to try new approaches to managing bed bug problems.

State health officials plan to provide training and technical assistance to residents, store operators and service providers in the 12 poorest ZIP codes in Baltimore city and to county health offices across the state.

Training will focus on non-chemical and reduced-risk methods for controlling the bugs in homes, such as steam cleaning, drying fabrics on high heat, curtailing clutter, encasing mattresses and installing bed bug interceptors.

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