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National Bed Bug Summit Scurries Into D.C.

Bed bugs have taken a bite out of some well-known businesses in the last year. Just ask Abercrombie and Fitch, Victoria's Secret and Hollister, all of which have dealt with bed bug outbreaks in their stores.

The bed bug problem isn't going away, and businesses can be ground zero for an infestation. One survey found 40% of all bed bug infestations happen inside businesses. Now customers are filing lawsuits when they bring the little blood-suckers home in their shopping bags. Some employees have sued their employers. Bed bug besieged states, meanwhile, have asked the federal government for help.

Well, never fear: The Federal Bed Bug Workgroup is here! This broad coalition of bed bug warriors from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and National Institutes of Health will be hosting the second National Bed Bug Summit in Washington, D.C. on February 1 and 2. Yes, even the Department of Defense is on the case. The bed bug problem must be pretty bad.

The summit will include talks about recent bed bug research, efforts on the federal, state and local levels to contain bed bugs, and all kinds of other bed bug-related stuff. You know, like having break out sessions to talk about bed bug break outs. Let's hope a detente can be reached.

The event will be open to the public and, I assume, free of bed bugs.


  1. The best way to keep their numbers down is to keep your bedroom relatively clutter free, never put suitcases or bags on a bed, clean and vacuum your room every couple of weeks, change bedding regularly; don't make your bed up immediately after getting up, pull the quilt down and leave it a few hours before making it back up.

  2. Thanks for the useful tips, Pest Control. We will all be taking your advice!


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