I want to direct you to this excellent interview over at New York vs. Bed Bugs, a discussion between Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs and Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann of The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at Cornell University.
In the interview, Jody talks about the wonderful new Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities, which she co-authored, and which we mentioned last week.
Just to give you a wee taste of the interview:
NYvsBB: What are your thoughts about our situation in the city, do you think we have a chance to achieve control? Or are we going to be living with them for some time?
Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann: [pause]
NYvsBB: [laughter] What do you see happening?
Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann: I think what will happen is that this problem will get worse…
That reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s quip: “Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.”
Seriously, though, I do believe we need government assistance (both in terms of policy and money) in order to make bed bugs much less of a problem. Dare I say it, in order to make them almost go away again, like they almost did before.
We have to expect that government agencies will not take bed bugs seriously unless they see the problem is huge and they see that people are agitated about it and willing to vote along those lines.
If you’re not in New York, you’re not off the hook! Write to your mayor, alderman, city council member, state senator, US senator, state and US representatives. If you’re not in the US, write to your local, regional and national representatives.
Tell them what bed bugs did to your life, your home, your sleep patterns, your skin, your bank account. If you don’t tell them, how will they know this matters?