Global War on Bed Bugs writer meets Dr. Changlu Wang

by nobugsonme on April 27, 2010 · 1 comment

in bed bug research, bed bugs, bed bugs in the media

The ninth “Global War on Bedbugs” column has appeared in McSweeney’s; this one is good: author Alan Good goes to New Brunswick to meet Dr. Changlu Wang, of Rutgers.

Of course, we love Changlu Wang.

Who wouldn’t?

He is doing wonderful, practical research on bed bugs, and he understands the problems in detecting and treating them.  As Good notes,

Many people still don’t realize there’s a bedbug problem, and when they do realize there’s a problem, they have no idea what to do about it. “I think that we should really educate people about choices so they can know what to do,” [Changlu Wang] said.

And here is what makes his work so important: “We still need to really also invent new technology to make it more affordable, more effective, faster.”

But this story from Wang about a bad case of bed bugs really was a jaw-dropper:

“Some people really say ‘OK, I don’t have any,’ but they have thousands on the bed. I actually observed at least two people. They don’t have any signs on their arms, but their rooms have easily more than ten thousand bedbugs. They don’t react. They are elderly people. Maybe that’s the one reason.”

We know many folks don’t react to bed bug bites.  And recent research suggests the elderly are less likely to react when bitten by bed bugs.

We have heard stories like that before, but they always cause the same reaction.

I know you’ll want to read the rest of Good’s story here.

1 Winston O. Buggy April 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

This non reacting scenario is quite interesting. In fact just yesterday I was in an apartment where the fellow said he had these bugs… but no bites although he may have marks on his sheets. Even knowing about non reactors it was interesting to see the extent I mean there were several hundred little suckers and no evidence of bites with him the only occupant. Also as a non reactor he was a bit more laid back about the prep and such. Fortunately the landlord understood.

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