NEW YORK — Hotel operators, public health officials and leaders of an industry spawned to combat bedbugs urged tighter U.S. regulations and development of effective pesticides during the second National Bedbug Summit
, according to Bloomberg
"It remains a huge concern," said Joseph McInerny, chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Hotel and Lodging Association
at the two-day conference in Washington that ended on Wednesday.
Bedbugs — wingless insects that feed on the blood of sleeping animals — invaded stores of Abercrombie & Fitch Co
., Victoria''s Secret
and Nike Inc.''s
Niketown in New York City last year as well as hotels, offices and homes, the article noted.
"2010 was definitely the year of the bedbug," said Natalie Raben, marketing director of M&M Environmental
, a New York pest-management company.
The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) convened the meeting as New York City Council members urged the agency to set regulations for better use of insecticides, the article stated.
"Given the difficulty of exterminating bedbugs, we are calling upon" the EPA "to conduct further research and development of effective pesticides," Council Speaker Christine Quinn wrote in a January 31 letter to the EPA.