Leonina Heringer of Somerville, 55, known to many as “The Bed Bug Lady,” is making a video for Somerville’s public access cable station.
According to the Boston Globe, she’s been giving people advice on avoiding and getting rid of bed bugs since 2004.
She started her crusade in 2004 after a fellow parishioner at the Portuguese Baptist Church in Cambridge, among others, described their bed bug woes. The bugs lived in the floor, the woman told her, so she couldn’t let her 9-month-old baby crawl in her apartment.
Where others might offer sympathy, she took action. When the landlord’s response proved unsatisfactory, “I brought the case to the Health Department and started writing articles in the Brazilian Times about ‘percevejos,’ ” Portuguese for “bed bug.”
Heringer included her contact information in the articles. People started calling – some from as far away as Connecticut.
Heringer knows the importance both of support for bed bug sufferers, and the importance of activism.
… she has helped people directly, served on a city action group and the Greater Boston Bed Bug Task Force, and raised over $1,700 to pay for video services from Somerville Community Access Television.
Mike Ginieres, an environmental health officer with the Cambridge Public Health Department, is helping with the video.
And the wonder of it is, she’s never even had to deal with bed bugs in her own home. In my experience, many people don’t really understand the problem of bed bugs until they do.
It seems like one person really can make a difference.
Leonina Heringer is our first ever Bedbugger Hero/Heroine of the week!
I can’t wait to see Heringer’s video, and I hope it will go up on YouTube, so that our site and many others can share it with the world.