Experts Say Bed Bug Problem Has Reached 'Tipping Point' | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Experts Say Bed Bug Problem Has Reached 'Tipping Point'

Play associated audio

Like bad traffic and high taxes, experts say bed bugs have become an unfortunate fact in life in the D.C. region.

"Its just enough levels of infestations out there in properties, in people's houses, that now they are sort of ubiquitous, they're everywhere -– so it's just something we have live with," says Maryland entomologist Larry Pinto.

He wrote the book on bed bugs –- it's actually called the "Bed Bug Handbook" -– and he was brought in by D.C.'s health department to headline its second Bed Bug Summit.

Pinto says while the pests are everywhere, certain jobs -- such as nurses, social workers and inspectors -- are at added risk of coming into contract with bed bugs and bringing them home.

Early detection and treatment, he says, is critical to minimizing the impact of an infestation.

NPR

Ladies Lead Whiskey Renaissance As Distillers And New Tipplers

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.
NPR

Ladies Lead Whiskey Renaissance As Distillers And New Tipplers

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.
WAMU 88.5

Lawmakers Fear Threat Of Sequestration In 2015

With the new year just around the corner, lawmakers in the D.C. region fear the across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration will soon kick back into gear.
NPR

Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.