of Ideal Scenario
In order to
provide stakeholders with tools to minimize
& eliminate bed bug infestations and limit the spread in Linn
County, the community needs resources, education, policies, procedures, and
understanding of legal issues including HIPPA, civil rights, landlord / tenant laws, and local housing
codes. There shall be a standard
practice for municipal ordinances within Linn County. There is community buy in, there is no stigma
or fear of disclosure.
Reality of the Situation
There is no quick fix. Currently there are limited resources available for treatment and prevention techniques for bed bugs. There is also lack of protocols that define the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and what processes work best to control and prevent the pests. There is no formalized education for all stakeholders and a training program for key stakeholders, and there is not a clear understanding of legal issues. Lack of transitional housing during treatment period. There is a social stigma associated with bed bugs. There are significant personal barriers (ie resources, physical prep, evacuation of premises). Lack of personal responsibility, lack of financial resources among segments of the population. There is a lack of understanding on how to treat for bed bugs resulting in misuse of pesticides or other treatment measures.
Consequences for Linn County
If the Linn County community does not
disseminate, develop, and provide adequate resources and education for bed
bug treatment and prevention techniques,
bed bugs will continue to spread and infest buildings especially occupants
living in multi-unit housing. Bed bug
eradication is costly and can be a huge economic burden for the entire community. Failure to control bed bugs may result in
lost productivity due to missed work and school days, and health effects of
mental health symptoms such as insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Increased pesticide exposure and improper use
when failing to read the appropriate warning labels. Financial losses from eradication of the bed
bugs, legal costs, and property values. There will be economic consequences for
commerce, retail, travel & tourism and real estate.