From: Benjamin Radford, Discovery News
Published November 19, 2010 07:56 AM

D.C. Forum: Bed Bugs a National Threat

You might think that politicians have enough on their plates trying to fix the economy, fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dealing with humanitarian crises in Haiti and Pakistan, and other matters of national import. But money talks, especially in politics, and a tiny bug is causing a big ruckus on Capitol Hill.

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Today, Members of Congress, representatives from federal agencies, academic bed bug experts, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), other industries and victims of bed bug infestations will gather at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in the "Don't Let Bed Bugs Bite" Congressional Forum organized by Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).

The event, sponsored by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), "will offer insights from the professional pest control industry about the extent of the bed bug problem, what the industry is doing to combat it and what the federal government can do to assist Americans whose lives are impacted by this pest."

How serious is the bed bug problem?

The situation is dire, according to Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA: "Bed bugs are no longer a pest of the past or characters in a nursery rhyme, rather they are a real and serious problem. They have invaded not only residences, but public places as well. While our industry is committed to effectively eliminating the bed bug problem, federal intervention is also necessary. This Forum is a crucial first step."

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