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.


Understanding Rosa Parks As "A Life-Long Freedom Fighter"

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as a meek accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
WAMU 88.5

World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

Leave a Comment

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