In March of 2009 the Norwood Tenants Association worked with the DC Department of Health to organize the STOP Bedbugs DC Summit. At the summit, we found that what is needed most to combat the spread of bedbugs is effective eduction, research, and model policies and practices for government, property owners, and individuals dealing with various aspects of the problem.
The Norwood Tenants are grateful for the support and organizing assistance received over the years from DC's Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), as well as the Office of the Tenant Advocate and TENAC.
Read more about the event and the Norwood's involvement on LEDC's Blog: The Crusade Against Bed Bugs on Capitol Hill:
As widespread bed bug infestations within residential and commercial buildings make headlines across the nation, the forum is designed to explore how the federal government can more effectively work with the public and private sectors to support collaborative bed bug control efforts.
“Education is really important, and we’ve learned over the years that giving a person a flyer isn’t enough,” Silvia Salazar [of the Norwood Tenant Association] says. “You have to show people exactly what you’re talking about.”
Silvia hopes the forum and the widespread reporting of bed bugs cases in the region have begun to remove the historical stigma against those who suffer the wrath of bed bugs. The Norwood tenants are now working with the DC health department to explore grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop a comprehensive, chemical free approach to bed bugs control.
“Knowledge is the only way to fight bed bugs,” Silvia says. “They’re really organized creatures, and we need to learn how to be like them.”
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