Michael Potter on NPR’s Fresh Air

by nobugsonme on September 8, 2010 · 6 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the media

Did everyone catch Dr. Michael Potter of the University of Kentucky talking to Terri Gross on Fresh Air, in an episode unfortunately titled, “Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let The Bedbugs…”?

Here’s, um, a little taste:

“Bedbugs don’t stay on the host — they scurry away to their hidden harborages that are far from obvious,” [Michael Potter] tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “And then on top of all of that, people react to bedbug bites differently. Some don’t react at all; others’ reactions are delayed until days or weeks later. So it’s a very efficient critter from the standpoint of doing its business and creating a lot of anxiety in terms of what’s happening.”

I think we’ll all agree, bed bugs are very, very good at what they do: efficient, goal-oriented, persevering.

I wish they weren’t.

If you missed it, you can listen here.

1 Ken September 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

Just made up a new mantra: paint up, clean up and bag up.
The politicians, it seems, only want me to shut up…
No word from Christine Quinn’s office other than Jose Conde’s
useless PDF on bedbugs.
So the paint up, clean up , and bag up mantra is the best thing. Let me explain.
Bugs need a habitat. They too like to check into a hotel and get a good night’s sleep.
I’ve found colonies of these in the Vigilant Hotel (their fav place to crash in the Big Apple) and they always wake up slowly. I guess they have sweet dreams of soft flesh and protein rich blood…
Their nightmare is a tenant who paints all the cracks, cleans meticulously, and bags all their papers, books and clothes. For this last I researched ziploc bags in NY, and recently found 20 gallon bags! Wow! Suits, trousers, all kinds of things the bugs love to haunt can now be OFF LIMITS!
I posted the names of the shops and prices up at http://www.bugoutter.blogspot.com
So go, paint, clean and bag. Bag the bug!

2 Pete September 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I follow bedbugger.com religiously as I am understandably worried about the on goings of this epidemic. Although I’ve read a couple of times that the eradication of bedbugs or finding a “silver bullet” is “grim”……. what can concerned people expect as far as finding a “silver bullet” that destroys bedbugs and their eggs? How long do people have to wait for scientists to discover the “NEW DDT” formula and, at what extent does this problem have to grow to before the government leaves the “politics” out of approving an affordable eradication method?? FOX5 news ran a story last week where NY is in the stages of trying to have BEDBUD INSURANCE “approved”, yet the politicians won’t allow it for fear of tenants using it as a tool so they can get out of having to pay their rent. When the politician was asked if his disapproval of bedbug insurance had more to do with money than than anything else he actually said “YES”!…….. What’s going on??? Is it going to take an infestation at the WHITE HOUSE for the American Gov’t to be more proactive than they are being now?! I mean, c’mon!….in these harsh economic times, how does it help anything when an average consumer has to claim bankruptcy due to pest control bills?! Soon, no one will frequent businesses anymore and then what??…….Bailouts for movie theaters, public transportation,salons,travel agencies,airports, etc , etc…………?????……..People are not being “educated” on this issue fast and effectively enough to help the situation……the Government needs to put the American people’s tax dollars to work and help us eradicate this problem before it implodes the economy altogether……and not to mention….the mental health of Americans are at stake as well.

3 Mela September 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Pete, I totally agree.

I read somewhere (as a joke, I think) that bedbugs were a all art of a terrorist plan. I laughed at first (because I haven’t experienced them yet, and hope I never will!!!!) But then I started thinking about it. A lot of countries are still struggling from the bad economy, and on top of it, a whole lot of people have had to completely change their whole lives because of this pest. So now there are a bunch of broke, exhausted, tortured, itchy people out there . . . Its easier to get people when they are already down. :/

Also, as far as movie theaters and stores, I wonder how this is going to effect business when people realize that you don’t just pick them up from traveling and staying at hotels. I was reading about the Hollister infestation in South Street Seaport, and I can’t help but shudder whenever I see a Hollister shirt now.

Here is the link if you want to read. :http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/07/is_hollisters_bedbug_problem_r.html

4 Ken September 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Hmmmm… terrorist plan…more like total incompetence. We have ourselves to blame.
Most terrorists cannot bomb their way out of a paper bag…let alone do a nationwide jihad on the US with Cimex.
I propose we arrest politicians under the honest services law. OK, that is esoteric, but not completely without precedent. It has been used. It is not used often. But then most politicians do not often do their jobs. No terrorists are needed.
Another aspect to this is drug addled fools who walk around not knowing they are carrying bedbugs…I live in NY and see this type all the time, and it is hard to say a word about it. What if you had a mandatory sentence if you were caught high on drugs and carrying bedbugs? Could we then order these guys to clean their rooms and get rid of the infestations which spill out into our hotels and theatres? It is like zombie terrorism and the terrorists, or accidental terrorists as they might be called, are very cool indeed! Like wow man, me and my cool friends just did an 8 ball of cocaine because we are like so cool!
This is harsh but it is reality…the ‘terrorists’ may be the crack heads and fools who think they are cool on drugs…

5 kassandra arana October 3, 2010 at 10:01 am

hi mr.potter i would like to interveiw you because i am an annrichards girl doing a progect on bed bugs and i need to interveiw a scietist so can you please let me interveiw you my email is [deleted] thankyou for your time.

6 nobugsonme October 4, 2010 at 12:13 am

HI Karana,

This is not Dr. Potter’s website. I sent you an email. I also deleted your email address, because you may not be aware, but posting it on the internet can lead to spam.

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