Room for Debate on bed bugs: a must-read!

by nobugsonme on August 24, 2009 · 2 comments

in bed bug education, bed bugs, entomologists

Today’s Room for Debate, entitled Bedbugs (Itch, Itch, Scratch, Scratch)! (hosted by the New York Times) has an excellent virtual roundtable, including posts by fabulous entomologists Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and Susan C. Jones.

Although Bonnie Friedman’s contribution waxes nostalgically for DDT (which isn’t going to happen, for all kinds of good reasons), we did also appreciate the presence of a former bed bug sufferer among the respondents.

As Renee said on New York vs. Bed Bugs today, the posts by Sorkin, Potter and Jones in particular would be a great resource for people anywhere trying to educate others about bed bugs.

Bookmark and share them with your skeptical, under-responsive or unresponsive landlord, health department, or legislator!

1 Ajay December 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I would like to send my inputs regarding bed bugs / body lice.
I have been a resident of a Middle Eastern country for the last 1 decade and have winessed that a peculiar kind of bugs are very rampant in this part of the world especially in the public transportation and seats which are made of fabric.

I attribute this influx of the so called creatures in to these countries is via expatriate(s) who come to work to the Middle East from some of the South East Asian countries and particularly Afghanistan and Pakistan whose residents have been known to very shabby and live in cramped living spaces and maintaining a very bad hygiene which coupled with the hot and humid climate prevalent in these countries is a breeding ground for such pests!
The public transports have a very bad odour and the places are stained as a result.
Moreover these have been known to exist even in the Air-conditioning ducts and therefore have a much better reach.

2 nobugsonme December 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm


The fact is, bed bugs do not discriminate. At this point in time people from every socio-economic, national and ethnic background appear to be carrying bed bugs from one place to another.

Everyone needs to become educated about how bed bugs spread, and everyone needs to get proper treatment for their homes and workplaces once they have a bed bug problem. Public places like hotels, cafes, and transportation also need routine detection and require proper treatment when infested.

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