Last year there were over 1,000 confirmed cases of bedbugs in NYC schools.
This year, cases are even higher compared to last year at this time.
Given that bedbugs have become a very big problem in New York City and other big cities, having shown up in retail stores, movie theaters, government offices, corporate offices and even Goldman Sachs, you would think the DOE would take this stuff seriously.
But I don't get seriousness from this statement, let me tell you:
Education Department officials would not provide a list of all schools affected by bedbugs, stressing that a confirmed case can be the discovery of a single bug.
They insist there isn't an epidemic since schools have few beds and, therefore, have not become breeding grounds.
"We do not have infestations," spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said, noting the numbers reflect schools following reporting procedures. "Schools are required to report specimens."
There are few beds in schools so schools can't have an infestation of bedbugs?
The morons at the DOE do know that bedbugs live in upholstered furniture, rugs or wood, can crawl into clothes and bags, and especially like clutter and papers and things like that which provide swell hiding places?
And the morons at the DOE do know that schools in NYC have lots of the items I listed above so bed bugs have lots of places to hide and wait for food?
From the above statement, I sense they do not.
But Mayor Bloomberg's own city agency report released in April 2010 called the bed bug problem a near epidemic and explained that
We strongly believe that the spread of bed bugs in New York City can and must be stemmed. The first step is to raise much greater awareness of this public health pest. Awareness is a pre-requisite for early detection of bed bug infestations--and early detection is the key to the mitigation of further spread and to efficient eradication. Because early detection is only part of the solution, we should ensure that sound bed bug management practices are widely known and adopted. Creating infrastructure to address bed bugs in New York City will be essential for the concerted effort to slow and stop their spread.
Above all, it is critical to begin the work of engaging all sectors of society in a broad cooperative effort to fight the spread of infestations. It is well known that the longer infestations are allowed to multiply, the more difficult and costly it will be to achieve control. The Advisory Board is confident that the adoption of the recommendations in this report will vastly improve the quality of life and economic vitality of New York City.
It looks like the people at the DOE didn't read the report and don't seem to care much about stemming the spread of bed bugs.
These people really shouldn't be in power.