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Bed bugs on the News Tonight(11 posts)
Just got word that there is supposed to be something on bed bugs tonight on channel 7 at 5pm. (NY/NJ tri state area)
It's almost 11pm and on Channel 2 in NYC they are showing a headline flashing on the bottom of the screen about the upcoming newscast and it says "BEDBUGS: WHY YOU SHOULDN'T WORRY"
This should be interesting.
Just have to worry when that detection device tells you that you have them!
It was about 14 seconds long and down played about how it’s not a health issue. They could have filled the air time with something better and with more substance.
It turned out to be a report about how they don't carry disease. The newscasters made it sound like bedbugs are no big deal, and that in fact many people (they stated a percentage - like 30%?) don't even react to the bites!!! Like this is a good thing. Just means that many more out of control infestations.
Yes Blue Ox, I seen that too. Really pisses me off to see this type of report. It seemed to give the message that it's okay if you have them?! News like this will sure to keep infestations at a rise for a long time to come. If anything it blows ignorance through the roof. Too incredibly sad and so far off at this stage.
He called them a nuisance. NUISANCE! That is the least of the words I would choose. How about he spend a month on the Captain's Bed and see if he uses the word "nuisance" so casually.
What they need to be focusing on is public awareness of the SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of bed bugs. I live in NYC, the acknowledged epicenter of the new bedbug epidemic, and even after months of having a rash on my arms and multiple doctors visits I had no idea my problem was bed bugs until I saw one of the little bastards crawling on my bed one night. Then, after doing some active research online I learned what to look for (i.e. red itchy rash, black dots on sheets, inside box spring, etc).
IMO, local media should focus more on educating the public on what to look for and less trying to reassure them that there's no real risk. Convincing the unaffected that there's no risk only increases the chance that cases will go undiagnosed and only add to the already skyrocketing problem in NYC.
Let’s definitely be grateful that bed bugs to date have not been shown to transmit disease. Lets also hope and help entomologists, continue in the study of Cimex in regard to control and any possible casual health effects of this hexapod.
lets also be grateful for any news coverage at present.
If one person out there says Bed Bugs on the news again I better have a look into those and learns how to avoid them then its worth it.
It is important that all aspects of bed bugs are communicating openly and equally. Yes this will result in a few articles that appear to play things down but they all raise awareness.
Communication is the key and we have to take what we can get, as long as we get some facts out about personal inspection and checking then its not been a wasted moment in time.
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