Officials, scientists to talk bed bugs

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 3:23pm
Staff reports

Metro and state officials are planning to meet with entomologists, epidemiologists and pest management experts to exchange the latest information on addressing bed bugs.

The meeting, held by the Metro Public Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Lentz Health Center. The meeting is invitation-only and is not open to the public.

“When there is a huge amount of media attention on anything considered health-related, we will get more calls with complaints or service requests just based on that surge in attention,” Bill Paul, director of the health department, said in a written statement.

“There has been a huge amount of national media attention on bed bugs lately, and we are not surprised that we are getting more calls,” he said. “However, there is nothing that indicates something new or unusual going on in Nashville.”

4 Comments on this post:

By: dogmrb on 9/21/10 at 6:22

The rational response meets the emotional media via Dr. Paul.

By: govskeptic on 9/22/10 at 7:10

One item never discussed is the recovering of infected mattresses in many
major cities that are then shipped out and resold across the country. Several
yrs ago "60 minutes" had a major segment on three Brooklyn mattress
companies that did this. I'm sure that type behavior has helped spread these
little creatures across the country, as well as so much travel from other
countries in suitcases.

By: may not on 9/22/10 at 12:53

What hotel are they staying at?

By: JeffF on 9/22/10 at 2:58