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City Bed Bug Task Force to Hold Meeting in Philly

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 30: Dead bed bugs lay on a paper towel April 30, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Cases of bed bug infestations are on the rise across the U.S. with many people bringing them into their homes after visiting hotels and airports. Bed bugs feed off of human blood. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The newly established Philadelphia "Bed Bug Task Force" announced this week that all city residents are invited to a public meeting Oct. 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    The Bed Bug Task Force's quarterly meeting will feature guests including a City of Lancaster health officer, a New York City Department of Public Health assistant commissioner and a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative. At the meeting, attendees will be informed about bed-bug-related policies, protocols in municipalities outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state laws regulating pesticides for bed bugs and other information.

    City Councilman Mark Squilla is among the sponsors of the task force. The meeting is being held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Convention Center's room 115.

    The Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force was established in February as part of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences' Integrated Pest Management program, according to the university. The task force is aimed at curbing the rise of bed bug infestations in the city and surrounding area.