Arrow Exterminators to Participate in Industry Bed Bug Summit
Participants will share ideas to address alarming
nationwide resurgence of pests
Arrow Exterminators, a leading pest and termite control company,
will participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
National Bed Bug Summit, which will be held April 14 - 15 in
Washington, D.C. to address the expanding impact of bed bugs on
housing, hospitality and other sectors across the country. State
and local government agencies, health and housing officials,
researchers, college officials and pest management industry
representatives will attend.
Summit participants will share information on topics including
the factors contributing to the growing problem and the response of
the public health community and government agencies. The meeting
will provide a venue to communicate with others in the diverse
community affected by the increasing problem of bed bugs.
Participants will also identify ideas and options for bed bug
prevention, control, and management; create strategies for outreach
and education; and develop recommendations for action.
Rick Bell, Arrow's Vice President Government Affairs, will
represent the company at the upcoming Summit, and share the
company's key findings and practices for controlling bed bug
infestations and educating consumers about vigilance in assessing
Bed bugs can very hard to treat since they are very elusive,
transient and nocturnal pests. They are often found in other areas
besides the bed. They are hardy pests that can live for a year or
more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures
from nearly freezing to almost 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although most people consider bed bugs a problem of the past -
and health officials thought they had been eradicated - there has
been a strong resurgence of these blood-sucking pests plaguing
hotels, college dormitories, apartments, condos and homes, mostly
due to the fact that international travel is so common. New York
City recently created a task force on the issue, in light of more
than ten thousand complaints filed in past year, which was double
from the prior year.