PCT Online reports on the Legislative Day held by the National Pest Management Association on Monday, where attendees educated legislators about bed bugs; they encouraged Congress members to consider:
- Providing additional resources and directing the CDC to provide leadership on the bed bug issue.
- Authorizing “a research program to helped develop effective methods of controlling bed bugs and other resurgent household pests.”
When EPA registers new products, alters or reevaluates the registration of existing products or considers petitions for emergency exemptions, it should consider factors such as (1) the impact on Americans “quality of life” when residential and other pests are not able to be controlled; (2) the risks that arise when consumers resort to overapplying ineffective products or use unregistered products or other homemade remedies and 3) the opportunity for the proliferation of inefficacious or “snake oil” type products when affordable, effective products do not exist.
. . . efficacy data for all pesticide products claiming to control bed bugs, to provide assurance to the professional industry, consumers and federal and state regulatory officials that such products work as advertised. This is especially important for bed bugs control products because it is not immediately obvious when a product does not work.
- Making a “concerted federal effort” to address the bed bug crisis, including the formation of a Federal Advisory Board; suggestions were made that
Congress should require the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development and EPA Administrator to report to Congress on steps the federal government could take to combat the bed bug epidemic. Congress should demand greater intergovernmental cooperation and coordination by instructing the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development and EPA Administrator to take measures to coordinate the federal government’s response to the crisis.
If legislators hear about the bed bug crisis and gain information on the issues above, perhaps the Federal government will be able to take some action to help improve the situation.