Bed bugs’ public health importance “as serious as sin,” says Dr. Susan Jones

by nobugsonme on September 3, 2010

in bed bug task force, bed bugs, ohio

The Toledo, Ohio Blade reported that Dr. Susan Jones, Ohio State University entomologist, gave a public talk about bed bugs Thursday, during which she told a crowd of around 100 people at the Toledo Botanical Garden that:

“This is a pest of public health importance. Every public health department ought to be taking this as serious as sin.”

[Emphasis added.]

Yet sadly, as the Blade notes,

Despite the growing number of bed-bug infestations, reliable data on the problem is scarce and health authorities often fail to maintain proper records or respond to citizen complaints about the bugs, said the entomologist.

During the meeting, two people stated they had been laughed at when they called up the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department to report a bed-bug problem. [Konni Sutfield, a supervisor at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department] and health department sanitarian Lana Glore later said they believed those complaints were the result of a misunderstanding.

“I don’t think that happened,” Mr. Sutfield said.

Even if it did, let’s hope it won’t be happening in the future.

In this event which was open to the public, Dr. Jones shared the latest information about bed bugs and shared tips about bed bug identification and control.

We’re grateful for the work of Dr. Susan Jones in trying to educate the public and the media about bed bugs, and for her work on the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force, where she serves on the Steering Committee.

If you’re in the area, be advised that the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force will be hosting its 2010 Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force Summit on Wednesday October 20th in Columbus. You can find out more or register to attend via the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force website (click on the 2010 Summit logo).

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