Bed bugs are certainly a problem, they vex even the best hotels, frustrate and infuriate travelers, and keep pest control companies in business.
Now, apparently, the federal government is getting involved.
In keeping with the best of government traditions, the Federal Bed Bug Work Group is hosting its second national summit Feb. 1-2 in Washington to brainstorm about solutions to the resurgence of the tiny bloodsuckers that have made such an itch-inducing comeback in recent years.
The effort is widespread across the federal government, and this is apparently not DC’s first foray into the issue.
Several federal agencies participate in the Federal Bed Bug Work Group: the Environmental Protection Agency, the deapartments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Defense and Commerce, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The EPA organized the first federal bedbug summit last year.
Apparently even a federal office building (the USAID offices in the Ronald Reagan Building) had bedbugs.
Someone my best guess is that a solution to the problem isn’t going to come from D.C., though I also suppose there are far worse things they could be spending their time thinking about.