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 their surroundings.

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.