San Jose Family Shelter bed bug-free. For now, at least.

by nobugsonme on December 16, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, california

Executive Director of the San Jose Family Shelter, Trish Crowder, told the San Jose Mercury News that the shelter she runs is currently bed bug-free, after battling bed bugs on and off for three years.

They are bed bug-free right now, which makes the shelter unique among shelters:

“It’s really, really scary,” Crowder says, “how few of us there are.”

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1 parakeets December 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I hope the “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2008” –which, as the article states, is a “proposal to spend $50 million a year to help states inspect hotel rooms for Cimex lectularius, aka bedbugs”–is amended to give some of that $50 million they have allocated to states to inspect hotel rooms and put some additional funds aside to inspect for bed bugs in homeless shelters, VA shelters, senior housing, etc.

Hotels are a profit-making business and will lose money if they don’t treat for bedbugs. They don’t need a federal “bedbug bailout” as much as other segments of society. Who stands up for the poor, elderly, homeless and people in public housing? (Well, Nobugs does. Nobugs is always great here in calling attention to those sectors).

We have to make sure any bedbug money also goes to people who need it the most. As we all know, it is very costly to eradicate bed bugs. For people without money, it can be impossible.

2 nobugsonme December 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Hi ‘Keets! Thanks for your comments.

I don’t personally think the bill mentioned constitutes a “federal bed bug bailout.” Forcing hotels to inspect protects the consumer from encountering bed bugs and bringing them home. You are right that this could certainly be done without the goverment picking up some or all of the inspection bill, and perhaps that would be a better way to go.

I do agree that shelters and the other types of housing you mentioned need inspections to be required (and as you rightly state, deserve assistance with funding much more than hotels do).

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