Secret Site Map
Monday, May 25, 2015

Home News Federal Workgroup Will Hold Second Bed Bug Summit in February

Federal Workgroup Will Hold Second Bed Bug Summit in February

Public meeting is expected to examine progress made since first summit in April 2009

| December 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. EPA’s recently created Federal Bed Bug Workgroup is convening a second national bed bug summit in February to find solutions to the nation’s bed bug program. Open to the public, the meeting will focus on ways the government and others can continue to work together to manage and control these pests.

The summit will be held Feb. 1-2, 2011, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center at 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The work group, organized largely by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, includes representatives from the EPA, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and National Institutes of Health. EPA hosted the first summit in April 2009.

Prior to the summit, the group will meet with researchers to evaluate and develop a research agenda related to bed bugs. The agenda is expected to include discussions on progress made in the areas of federal, state, and local governments; research; housing; and pest management. Other key topics are likely to be identifying knowledge gaps and barriers to effective community-wide bed bug control, proposals for next steps in addressing knowledge gaps and eliminating barriers, and developing a framework for addressing the highest priority needs.

For more information, visit

www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/ppdc/bedbug-summit/2nd-bedbug-summit.html.

As a reminder, there are steps people can take to prevent bed bugs:
• Remove clutter where bed bugs can hide.
• Seal cracks and crevices.
• Vacuum rugs and upholstered furniture thoroughly and frequently, and vacuum under beds. After vacuuming, immediately take the vacuum bag outside and dispose in a sealed trash bag.
• Wash and dry clothing and bed sheets at high temperatures (heat can kill bed bugs).
• Monitor regularly for bed bugs so they can be treated before a major infestation occurs.
• Before using any pesticide product, READ THE LABEL FIRST, then follow the directions.
• Check the product label to make sure it is identified for use on bed bugs. If bed bugs are not listed on the label, the pesticide has not been tested for bed bugs and it may not be effective.

For more information on bed bugs, visit  www.epa.gov/bedbugs.

 

Top news

Fastest Growing U.S. Cities in West And South, Census Bureau Reports

Most cities with populations above 100,000 in those regions grew significantly between 2000 and 2010, and 2010 and 2013, according to the bureau's report, which was released last week.

New Bee Survey Released

Losses of managed honey bee colonies were 23.1 percent for the 2014-2015 winter but summer losses exceeded winter numbers for the first time, making annual losses for the year 42.1 percent, according to preliminary results of the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Apiary Inspectors of America.

Terminix Announces Top Mosquito Cities Based on Twitter Complaints

According to research by Terminix, the worst whining about mosquitoes came from Goodland, a small town in the northwest corner of Kansas. Terminix searched through approximately 200 billion tweets posted in 2014 to determine which United States city is most pestered by mosquitoes.

White House Releases Pollinator Action Plan

The Strategy, released last week, and its accompanying science-based Pollinator Research Action Plan outline needs and priority actions to better understand pollinator losses and improve pollinator health. These actions will be supported by coordination of existing Federal research efforts and accompanied by a request to Congress for additional resources to respond to the pollinator losses that are being experienced.

Legislative Day Video Coverage

More than 325 pest control industry professionals traveled to our nation’s capital in March for NPMA Legislative Day 2015, lead-sponsored by FMC Professional Solutions. In the day-plus of activities, PCOs attended sessions on important industry-related issues and heard from prominent national speakers before heading to Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives. In addition to news articles, PCT’s coverage includes video interviews.

x