In “Health Official: Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” we’re told that Portsmouth, NH health officer Kim McNamara has only had a “few isolated cases” of bed bugs reported to her office. But she gets bed bugs, and she’s being proactive about warning readers of today’s Seacoast Online about where and how they can be picked up. Except for a few isolated geographic areas (hello Lexington, KY!) we don’t see a lot of cities stepping up to the plate on this one. Bed bugs are a problem everywhere, from Lexington to Halifax, from the Yukon to San Francisco, Iceland to Reunion Island. (I am naming just a sampling of places our regular readers come from.)
McNamara said she has been “proactive” by sending notices to the city’s used-furniture stores, apartment complex managers and public laundry facilities, warning of the possibility of bed bugs.
This is a good start. The article says all the bed bug cases known to the city were in residences. Note to Seacoasters: the city may not know about all of the cases. New York City, relying on complaints against non-responsive landlords, rather than actual infestations, sure doesn’t.