Task force intends to stomp out bedbugs
Des Moines Register
Monday, April 18, 2011
A new task force that aims to control Polk County's bedbug problem
will focus on four areas: policies, education and outreach,
drafting a model ordinance, and multi-unit housing.
The Polk County Health Department formed the bedbug task force at
the request of the Metro Advisory Council, a panel of elected
officials from Polk, Dallas and Warren counties.
The task force will identify ways to control and prevent bedbug
infestations in the Des Moines metropolitan area. Terri Henkels,
director of the Polk County Health Department, said in a news
release that bedbugs are not known to transmit disease, but "they
are a pest of significant public health importance."
"Bedbugs have a detrimental impact on physical and mental health
and the economy," she said.
Bedbugs are reddish-brown insects that are oval-shaped and about
the size of an apple seed. They hide in small cracks and crevices
of beds and prey on people while they sleep. They are notoriously
tough to snuff.
Polk County's bedbug task force currently has 31 members. The
roster is posted atwww.polkcountyiowa.gov/health, along with other
information about bedbugs.