p2pnet view Off Topic:- Is the world — or North America, anyway — about to experience a plague of bed bugs?
“Canadian prime minister George W. Harper has found a cool, new way to spend your money”, said p2pnet in June, going on:
“He’s already blown considerably more than $1 billion taxpayer dollars on a three-day G20 party which’ll achieve absolutely nothing.
“Now, in further defence of the unholy, he’s paying special canine pest control officers to sniff out bed-bugs.
“Because as p2pnet revealed recently, Toronto is infested with them.”
Now there’s been a Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In recent years, says the statement, “public health agencies across the country have been overwhelmed by complaints about bed bugs”.
It goes on >>>
An integrated approach to bed bug control involving federal, state, tribal and local public health professionals, together with pest management professionals, housing authorities and private citizens, will promote development and understanding of the best methods for managing and controlling bed bugs and preventing future infestations. Research, training and public education are critical to an effective strategy for reducing public health issues associated with the resurgence of bed bug populations.
The CDC and EPA add:
“The cost of effectively eliminating bed bugs may be significantly more than the cost of eliminating other pests because bed bug control usually requires multiple visits by a licensed pest control operator and diligence on the part of those who are experiencing the infestation.”
When bed bugs bit Toronto, George W. Harper’s Pest Control officers had an integrated approach — man and his best friend.
The clip from David Cooper’s Toronto Star pic on the right was captioned, “Michael Goldman shows how sniffer dog Inspector Kody indicates a ‘find.’ First Kody sits to show he’s on the trail and, when told to ’seek’ he will use his paw to show exactly where the bedbugs are.”
Perhaps Harper should make Goldman and Inspector Kody available to the CDC? They’re only $300 (and up) an hour.
… and identi.ca
p2pnet – Harper: on the job with bed-bug sniffers, June 18, 2010
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