A BBC news story Friday featured interviews with John Furman of BOOT-A-PEST (a pest control operator also known as KillerQueen in our forums), and Renee Corea of New York vs. Bed Bugs.
The BBC asked KillerQueen about the rise of bed bugs in New York, and asked Renee about the new Bed Bug Advisory Board established by the New York City Council:
The proposals are being welcomed by Renee Corea from campaign group New York Vs Bedbugs.
“Infestations are not being discovered quickly so they are growing. By the time people are discovering them it’s harder to eradicate them.
“Then they are being mismanaged, either by the property owners, by the residents themselves or even the pest management companies,” said Renee.
“If we increase everybody’s knowledge then we can tackle the problem more quickly.”
My only complaint?
The UK bed bug sufferer in the story is a British tourist who suspects she got bed bugs on a trip to a NYC hotel (certainly a plausible scenario) — which makes it sound like Londoners don’t have their own serious bed bug problems.
Which, of course, they do: the article rightly notes, near the end,
The UK has seen similarly large increases in the number of infestations. London is among the worst affected areas.
The unstated question: “When will London take action on bed bugs?”
I will go ahead and ask it right now.
Congratulations to both John and Renee!