Interview with Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann over at New York vs. Bed bugs

by nobugsonme on September 15, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, government, new york, new york city, new york vs. bed bugs

I want to direct you to this excellent interview over at New York vs. Bed Bugs, a discussion between Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs and Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann of The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at Cornell University.

In the interview, Jody talks about the wonderful new Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities, which she co-authored, and which we mentioned last week.

Just to give you a wee taste of the interview:

NYvsBB: What are your thoughts about our situation in the city, do you think we have a chance to achieve control? Or are we going to be living with them for some time?

Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann: [pause]

NYvsBB: [laughter] What do you see happening?

Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann: I think what will happen is that this problem will get worse…

That reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s quip: “Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.”

Seriously, though, I do believe we need government assistance (both in terms of policy and money) in order to make bed bugs much less of a problem. Dare I say it, in order to make them almost go away again, like they almost did before.

We have to expect that government agencies will not take bed bugs seriously unless they see the problem is huge and they see that people are agitated about it and willing to vote along those lines.

So read. And if you’re in New York City, tell the government this issue matters.

If you’re not in New York, you’re not off the hook! Write to your mayor, alderman, city council member, state senator, US senator, state and US representatives. If you’re not in the US, write to your local, regional and national representatives.

Tell them what bed bugs did to your life, your home, your sleep patterns, your skin, your bank account. If you don’t tell them, how will they know this matters?

1 monroe September 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Wow, 2 statements: “and they’re at the mercy of the pest control industry, and they don’t
know who to pick… so they look for advice.”
Where is their source of information?? There ARE reliable sources out there….
“That’s aside from the mystery that is, how much pesticide exposure is too much…”; how leading a statement is that? What exactly is implied?

2 nobugsonme September 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Hi Monroe,

Thanks for your comment.

In reference to the first statement you cited from the interview, in your experience, where would someone running a shelter go to help them choose a PCO who really knows how to get rid of bed bugs?

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