Congressional Bed Bug Forum Brings Together Experts to Address National ScourgeNPMA Staff
Thursday, November 18, 2010
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 will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
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. The
pest control industry is in a unique position to offer its
expertise as its members are seeing the extent of the bed bug
The Forum's panelists will discuss the medical, emotional and
financial impact of bed bugs, treatment methods and the federal
actions needed to deal with this nationwide pandemic.
"As an organization, whose members are on the front lines of
this problem, NPMA is pleased to be part of today's event and to
work together with our public and private sector partners to help
find solutions to this growing problem," said 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," added
A 2010 survey conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky
found that 95 percent of professional pest control companies in the
United States have encountered bed bug infestations in the past
year and 76 percent of pest professionals said that bed bugs are
THE most difficult pest to treat.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.