The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) delegation returned from Haiti. The group wants to support pest management work in Haiti. NPMA will try and raise $250,000 to support pest management initiatives for hospitals located in Port au Prince, Haiti. The money will be used for minimizing entry locations for pests, pest prevention products, training in pest control operations and a campaign to educate Haitians about basic procedures they can use to minimize the threats from pests including the diseases they carry. The focus will be on getting rid of rodents, roaches, mosquitoes and flies from specific service areas of the medical facilities.
Training will be a major part of the program. The medical facilities are providing treatment to people with pre-existing health complications and often people who are the most vulnerable to health threats from pests.
Hopefully, the Haitians won’t have to also deal with bed bugs. They have enough problems. For those living in New Jersey, New York City and other bed bug infested locations, bed bug monitors are a vital part of a comprehensive bed bug prevention plan.
NJ and NYC residents may be interested to know that in a recent bed bug article, the NYC Times Ms. Konrad stated that “fraudulent exterminators peddling money-wasting treatments that do not work.” Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) wrote a clarification/rebuttal piece. She pointed out the comment is not true and she mentioned the statement “is not reflective of an industry that takes its professionalism seriously.” It seems that in most industries there are going to be a very small percentage of people who are not professional and are looking to take advantage of people.
The National Pest Management Association’s, consumer website, Pestworld.org offers expert advice in preventing and treating bed bugs. It also provides a zip code locater which allows consumers to search for licensed pest professionals who have the ability to identify bed bugs and eradicate them.
The NYC Times article also mentioned this: “Counterintuitive as it may sound, you probably want to steer clear of pest control companies that emphasize their bed bug expertise.” That’s a bit of an odd statement. If a company states they kind of, sort of, maybe have bed bug expertise then is that the bed bug pest control company that should be selected?