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Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Head Lice, and Bed Bug Resources

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 

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Rule Revision

In June of 2023, the Department has restarted the rule revision process again for Chapter 64E-12, of the Florida Administrative Code. A Notice of Development of Rulemaking was advertised in the Florida Administrative Register. A draft copy of the proposed changes can be found here: Chapter 64E-12, Florida Administrative Code Proposed Draft. All written comments must be received by August 31, 2023. Please email comments to

More Information on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be found at the University of Florida

Head Lice and Bed Bugs:

Cartoon Bug

There are multiple resources available regarding head lice and the various treatment options available. Some effective treatments consist of combing the hair with a metal lice comb and keeping the hair style shorter verses a long style or treating with an over the counter lice shampoo combined with an effective comb to remove any nits.

Consider contacting the local county health department nursing section and speak with a community health nurse regarding treatment options, questions, or perhaps programs that may be available to help provide treatment supplies.

In addition the University of Florida has an integrated pest management (IPM) web site, which has information concerning head lice.

For information regarding bed bugs and lice

Bed Bug Booklet

Also, there is head lice information located at the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) web site.

I would suggest looking this information over and perhaps providing it to the families who have the infestation problem you describe.