Stop Bedbugs DC — tomorrow!

by nobugsonme on March 26, 2009 · 2 comments

in bed bug task force, bed bugs, washington, washington DC

Stop Bedbugs DC is tomorrow.

As Renee Corea says in her post Leadership and hope: Stop Bedbugs DC on the New York vs. Bed Bugs blog,

If you care about bed bugs in the District, this is the only ticket in town on Friday.

As Renee also notes,

Consider that agenda for a moment. Anything you can think of, they have it covered: legislation, enforcement, education, data collection, exploring a bed bug task force.

I could not have said it better myself.

The cooperation between the Norwood Tenants Association and city agencies is wonderful to see.  The NTA blog notes,

The goal of the summit is to learn about bedbug biology, bedbug control, and to establish a DC wide task force that will address enforcement, education, data collection, and legislative approaches. Presenters will include Dr. Dini M. Miller, Associate Professor, Dodson Urban Pest Management Laboratory at Virginia Tech, Ray Lopez, the 2008 recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award for his innovative approaches on controlling bedbugs without using pesticides, as well as representatives from the pest management industry who will share the latest industry approaches. The summit will take place on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 441 4th Street NW, Room 1107 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The NTA also thanks (among others) Renee Corea, as well as Jessica Kevan of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs.  Inter-city bed bug advocates are networking.

It sounds like the winds of change are blowing.

The Washington City Paper also has a story on this event here.

We look forward to reports from anyone who attends.

1 Vector-Guard Inc. March 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

We had the oppurtuinty to attend this meeting. It was standing room only. The DC housing authority has asked for help in forming a Budbug Task force pulling together property Managers and Pest Control experts from all areas. We are happy to be a part of the Task Force. There were many great speakers who gave great insight on education and treatment, but as we all know prevention is the biggest part of the formula. I believe we can help some people sleep easier at night.

2 Hope March 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I would like to thank the City Paper for increasing awareness about Bed Bugs, and keeping this issue on the forefront. I called the DC Government’s Dept. of Health, but could not get any info on the 3/27/09 summit! I called the Director’s office and was told to call a Mr. Gerald Brown whose phone line was on that perpetual voicemail where you are told to leave a message and someone would call back in 24 hrs. There was noting on the city’s web site about the summit!!!

I hope the City Paper contintues to inform the public about this bug, and maybe even find a way to prevent them.

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