Take note of the public docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0190 for this year’s national bed bug summit (this seems to be the same same docket for the 2009 summit) so that you can view any summit materials that are posted there, like the presentations and discussion outcomes, and submit a public comment to EPA. I encourage you to comment.
I hope you are not organizing your building to fight bed bugs all by yourself. But I know that you may be.
Last night the Museum of the City of New York hosted a bed bug program. I’m very grateful to the museum and especially its director of public programs, Ryan J. Carey, for thinking of this problem and asking us to participate in discussing it. But unlike last year’s lecture at the NY Entomological Society, I don’t think I can offer a good recap (participation not being a good vantage point for observation). What I remember distinctly is that Lou talked about the hunger folds of bed bugs (conveniently expandable for taking in lots of blood), and that a certain gentleman from London said something terrible: that “whoever brought them in” should be responsible for eradicating them.
The provincial government of Ontario bed bug website that was announced as part of the new funding push to fight bed bugs in the province is now live: bedbugsinfo.ca. See The Star, our brief note and do take a look at The Star again today on the criticism by some stakeholders of the Ontario funding action as too limited.