thoughs on epidemic(5 posts)
The bed bug thing is far from epidemic in most places in the US, Canada. But alot of cities are impacted. New York, Cincinnati, Toronto. Australia (Sydney) and London. London has the only PCO that I know of that only does in bed bugs. Would love to hire them. I've heard in parts of the UK, they advise you to not sit down on buses.
Can't image how bad this needs to get before government realizes what a serious issue this is. Of course, you just can't throw money at it and expect a silver bullet. But I think scientists are asking for grant money for research. I hope they get it.
I go back and forth between thinking it's an epidemic and no, it only seems like it is through my bedbug eyeglasses.
I'm always sad to see new people here.
But the nature of the coverage in the press is changing.
And public officials are showing signs of taking proactive steps.
In the top story linked on this post you can see exactly what the nature of the change in perspective is and how people are starting to think creatively.
We can all make this happen by doing our little bit, even talking to one person who doesn't know what bedbugs are and rousing them from that blissful state, it all helps.
Just general discussion.
I think for most parts of the US and Canada, it's not really an epidemic. That's good news really.
For some large cities it is. Again London has one PCO dedicated solely to bed bugs. I've read in NYC, some PCO's derive a large percentage of their business to bed bugs. And one PCO is expected to sell $1M USD worth of mattress covers.
I don't see that many other english language forums for help. Kinda wanted to see how the UK and Australia is dealing with this.
Well, Australia is perhaps the most clued in at this point. They are way, way ahead of the U.S.
We are pretty ardent fans of the work of medical entomologist Stephen Doggett and colleagues. It's rather extraordinary. Check it out here.
We get plenty of UK readers and some in Australia/New Zealand too. I suspect it isn't more because of the way search engines are working. But this is an international site. If our recommendations for products and services are not always international, it's because readers need to share their information with us.
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