We figured they’d heard everything, truly, and from the smartest people all at the same time.
So we basically said thanks. We figured they’d heard a bit less of that.
And about those control methods…
At present, the effects of bed bugs on underserved communities in New York City, as elsewhere, can only be described as harrowing. One of the most challenging problems is how to improve access to bed bug control services. As you were told, no doubt repeatedly, there is an urgent need to identify and disseminate good bed bug control protocols, best practices and education. Public health tracking of bed bug infestations would finally also rank high on our wish list.
We feel that EPA can provide expertise and coordinate knowledge networks to aid the efforts of what must be hundreds of people, agencies and institutions that are now tasked with developing bed bug control guidelines throughout the country.
All of this and more would be extremely helpful.
However, what we would beg the Office of Pesticide Programs and its partners in this effort to do, without delay, is that which would have the greatest impact and which you are uniquely positioned to do, and that is to institute a review process to identify and evaluate bed bug control pesticides, tools and methods. This is the ultimate key.
Improve and facilitate, as contemplated under FIFRA, Section 28(d).
We are immensely grateful for your efforts and the attention you are focusing on the problems of bed bugs in our society.
New York vs Bed Bugs