Bed Bugs spread in Ohio County, West Virginia; Bed Bug Symposium to be held 8/4

by nobugsonme on July 28, 2010

in bed bug epidemic, bed bugs, spread of bed bugs

WTRF reports that bed bugs are becoming a big problem in Wheeling and elsewhere in Ohio County, West Virginia. WTRF notes,

In Ohio County, around 13 facilities are being investigated by the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department for a bed bug problem. One such facility is Windsor Manor apartments located on Main Street in Wheeling, which is currently being controlled at this time. Windsor Manor has also had bed bug problems in the past.

If the video does not load, you can view it here.

That’s Howard Gamble (Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator) in the video.

Do you remember him?

Almost exactly a year ago he was in the news, calling bed bugs

“A public health nuisance and a psychological disaster for the people who are affected.”

He was speaking in reference to a Wheeling apartment complex with 100 units infested with bed bugs.

Perhaps that was the Windsor Manor Apartments which are mentioned in this article as having “had bed bug problems in the past.” I’m not sure.

In any case, amidst all of the official reassurances that bed bugs “are not a health problem,” I found his words extremely refreshing then, and still do.

Given the problems this area has been having with bed bugs, we are glad that local officials are beginning to take action.

On that note, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will host a Bed Bug Symposium on August 4, 2010 from 9:00-11:00am at WVNCC B&O Building in downtown Wheeling.

The Health Department’s website notes that

The program is targeted towards owners, operators, managers of apartment complexes, high rises, multi-unit apartment complexes, college dorms, medical facilities, hotel/motels and other places were beg bugs can become a problem.

The program is also open to the general public. Topics for the program will include a presentation from the health department, medical information, information on the nature of bed bugs and current control measures. Presenters include:

  • Dr. Andy Cook, Professor of Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Charles Fisher, RS, Environmental Program, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department
  • Howard Gamble, MPH, Administrator, Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department

All of the details are listed here. For more information or to register for the program, you can contact the health department at (304) 234-3682

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