Readers may recall that it was just last February when another reporter from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dennis Holt, was mocking the idea that the city might spend money to work on the bed bug problem. (He was responding to the Bed Bug Seminars the Housing and Preservation Department presented in the spring.)
So it’s good to see this paper give some space to serious coverage of what is a real and worsening problem plaguing this city and many others. Mary Frost cites Rick Cooper, who calls for federal assistance for people dealing with bed bugs (a position this blog has also held since it began in 2006):
Without intervention at the federal level, Cooper predicts that some segments of society will see bedbug infestations rise dramatically. While the wealthy will have the resources to deal with the problem, bedbugs will evolve into a lower-class problem. “The past two or three years we’ve seen the number in the lower economic sectors rise dramatically.
“We’ll also see major instances in senior centers and in senior living residences. We’re dealing with people whose eyesight is not good and who may already have rashes. If we don’t have proactive and educational programs, the bugs have the opportunity to spread.”
I couldn’t agree more.