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Book review - Brooke Borel - Infested - how the bedbug infiltrated our bedrooms

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  1. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Apr 27 2015 9:24:02
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    The hardback of this just arrived in the office this morning and testament to the fact its not a heavy read I have gone through it already.

    Its an interesting first hand account of someone looking at bedbugs from a semi academic perspective and retracing the steps of Usinger. In short if you are looking for technical detail this book is not for you but if you want to read around the subject and see someone impression of both the good and bad sides of the industry its worth a read.

    It does cover some of the more unpleasant goings ons and one well known bedbug specialist group are referred to as a "shyster organization" because of their antics but sadly it makes no mention to the "electronic dog nose affair" where Brooke's name first comes into the world of bedbugs. Personally I feel thats a massive omission given that its a prime example of some of the ethics issues she went on to discuss.

    I will place a copy in the bedbug museum but sadly this one does not make it onto my technicians required reading list. There are however a few choice quotes about / from me which crop up throughout the book.

    Worth a read if you are interested in the subject but I don't think it will be the new "anything but grey" or make Oprah's list.

    Has anyone else read it?

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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    Mon Apr 27 2015 9:35:01
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    I obtained a copy but my prime reading time is before I go to sleep-- in bed-- so I have to carve out some commuting time-- can't read this one in bed.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Mon Apr 27 2015 12:01:13
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    BBUKCO: It does cover some of the more unpleasant goings ons and one well known bedbug specialist group are referred to as a "shyster organization" because of their antics...
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    Interesting you picked this one -- what many might consider distasteful -- quote from the entire book. What you failed to mention is that on the same page, this organization -- who you have an open feud with -- is described as such:

    " From another vantage point, the (NAME WITHELD) could be considered a model of the American Dream: they identified a gap in the market early on, built a relevant business, and made it profitable. The company encouraged affiliates to donate more than $300,000 worth of bed bug treatments to low-income homes and shelter over the December holidays since inception...The company also has many fans. In an interview one told me that (NAME WITHHELD) was a "marriage between university objective research and the private marketplace," and said that he shuddered to think where the industry would be without it."

    Richard

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    Mon Apr 27 2015 12:13:30
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    LOL.

    No shock that you choose to post what you did either.

    I could have equally quoted other areas that confirm the role of non disclosure and endorsements are in fact at the root of many of the ethics issues within the industry.

    It may not make me popular to discuss these issues rather than the "status quo" line of ignoring and presumably hoping they goes away but for me I would be complicit in the abuse if I were silent.

    However rather than derailing this into where it could go maybe you would wish to share a review of the book from your perspective.

    David

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    Mon Apr 27 2015 12:21:54
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    I don't have access to the entire book, so must withhold any type of "review", but from what I read the book seems well rounded and includes opposing points of views on industry issues. Something that you failed to do in your original post and the sole reason I posted to correct that.

    Richard

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    Mon Apr 27 2015 12:30:55
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    Ah, thanks for the explanation of what you meant to say as initially it just came across as another "poke" at me.

    It may be worth having a read as it does cover some of the wider issues that you have been vocal about in the past.

    David

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    Mon Apr 27 2015 16:20:10
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    I ordered it so should get it in 2 days.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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