Soundbites from the EPA National Bed Bug Summit

by nobugsonme on April 16, 2009 · 1 comment

in bed bugs, bed bugs and health, bed bugs in the media, EPA, government

We look forward to hearing more about what happened in Arlington, Virginia these last two days, at the EPA National Bed Bug Summit.

This video from the Associated Press has some nice snippets from Dini Miller, Harold Harlan, and others, speaking at the conference.

Pete Grasso of the PMP blog liveblogged the bed bug summit.

Here are some tidbits from Grasso’s blog:

Tom Neltner, from the National Center for Healthy Housing said (4th update, 10 am):

“People who are the least able to afford extermination are at the highest risk for poor health outcomes as a result,” Neltner said. “This is a good time for Federal agencies to take a leadership role on this issue.”

Of Michael Potter, University of Kentucky entomologist (6th update, 10:37 am), Grasso says:

He questioned why bed bugs are not considered a public health concern, because they once were.

You know a few years back, I started the first unofficial Dr. Michael Potter fan club, don’t you?

I know you’ll want to read the rest of Pete Grasso’s account, which begins here. He also talks about the breakout brainstorming sessions here. Perhaps most exciting, the list of recommendations the brainstorming produced, which is in part three, here.

Many thanks to Pete Grasso of PMP for blogging the summit!

The popular media was going crazy the last few days, but most articles were just reprints of one from the Associated Press. Here’s the Today Show, which showed footage of Connor’s Pest in Virginia doing a thermal treatment and searching with a bed bug sniffing dog.

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I am so glad this event happened, and I so wish I could have been there. (My job kept me away.)

Were you there? Tell us all about it, please!

1 Winston O. Buggy April 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Knowledge may be power but education is the key. While bed bugs continue to plague our dream scapes, it certainly seems that movement is being made toward addressing their bite. I think that many people effected by bed bugs at the present are better off now as years ago it would often take months of increasing bed bug activity for them to even be suspected. Now it is not only part of the thought process but sometimes has to be ruled out as some fields like some dermatologists have scape goated too much on bed bugs. On another level more inspections of surrounding units and incoming supplies and personnel are being done which has helped resolve issues earlier on. As avenues for information open the dissemination of good, researched, information will emerge, which will enable people to more effectively resolve their situation. Of also great importance is the reduction of the social stigma which has surrounded these arthropods for so long and has interfered in control.

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