Another NYTimes "Neediest Cases" story involving bed bugs(3 posts)
Hi,Nobugs ! Thank you for link to this article. That is what I was talking about. Many, many immigrants don’t know English (can’t speak or read) or use computer to educate on bbugs They do not have money to treat but cheap over the counter useless spray. But they are transmitting bbugs unintentionally and inevitably And there are many,many ………a lot of them .What they can do?
How does the spread of bed bugs become so rampant? Let's look at this scenario. Let's say that you have an infested mattress and you decide to get rid of it and have your house treated and then buy a new one. You go to the store and pick out your mattress and they deliver your new one and take the old one. Now the truck that picked up your old mattress is infested with bedbugs, and the new bed that they are delivering to the folks later that afternoon will get infested. So they then sue the mattress store who in turn replaces that infested mattress and in the mean time they throw away the old one. Along comes a guy who sees a new bed and mattress in the trash and throws it in the back of his truck and takes it home. Now that poor guy has been infested. All the time the children of these three families are going to school with bedbugs in their schoolbags and transferring them to the locker area where other children's schoolbags are infested. It's a vicious cycle that needs to be broken.
I do understand these issues. I've been talking about just that sort of thing on Bedbugger.com for three and a half years, since the site started -- as have many others.
It is indeed a mess.
The best thing people can do is write letters to their city council representative. We need to keep telling local officials that bed bugs are messing up our lives, health and finances in a major way. They do care what their constituents are concerned about, and you can help by encouraging others to take action also.
New York vs. Bed Bugs was started by a few of us who live here in order to advocate for policy changes in NYC. Lots of people wrote letters and made calls and testified at city hall. The group was influential in encouraging the mayor to create NYC's Bed Bug Advisory Board, which is now preparing recommendations for the city. They should be making them soon. And then I hope we will see changes.
All of this is slow as sin, but that's how politics works, unfortunately.
There is also no easy solution to lots of problems. The city should be educating the populace about bed bugs, how to detect them, what to do and what not to do. (Lots of us have been saying this for years). And they need to do it in multiple languages. And there needs to be more enforcement of the city housing codes, and better responses from city inspectors.
Whatever the BBAB recommends, it is not going to be an overnight solution.
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