Bedbug killers move in
The Jersey Journal
Monday, May 2, 2011
A Jersey City seniors building is about to become a test lab for
scientists figuring out the most effective ways to get rid of
Changlu Wang and Richard Cooper, a professor and graduate
student at Rutgers University, will be using part of a $100,000
grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish an
Integrated Pest Management program at Berry Gardens, a seniors-only
affordable housing community managed by the Jersey City Housing
Bedbugs were successfully exterminated there last year,
Wang, the project's principal investigator from the university's
Department of Entomology, and Cooper will have access to 370
apartments and the assistance of an exterminating staff, explained
Jersey City Housing Authority Executive Director Maria Maio.
"This initiative will be like a training program on how to
effectively deal with bedbugs," said Maio. "We can learn about
preventative measures that will cause the least amount of
inconvenience to residents."
The pest management program will work toward sustainable bedbug
management by combining a mixture of non-chemical and chemical
control methods, and encourage community involvement and early
detection, officials said.
"Rutgers will track the effectiveness of its IPM program,
monitoring all apartments and documenting pesticide usage and
changes in management practices periodically over a one-year
period," said John Martin, EPA's Press Officer.
Similar programs will be taking place in roughly 50 low-income
communities across New Jersey, officials said. This grant is part
of a total of $550,000 that the EPA is channeling toward bedbug
The program in Jersey City will take 19 months.
"Bedbugs are not limited to low-income housing," Maio said. "If
something good comes out of this program, it could help a lot of