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the Paris City Council asks the State for an action plan against this pest

the Paris City Council asks the State for an action plan against this pest Given the significant resurgence of bed bugs, the Paris city council asked the Government this Thursday for an action plan against this parasitic species.

This Thursday, September 28, the Paris city council asked the Government for a plan against bedbugs, after confirming a “significant resurgence” of this parasitic species.

“Bed bugs are a public health problem and should be reported as such. The State must urgently bring together all interested parties to implement an action plan in line with this plague, while all of France prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024,” writes Emmanuel Grégoire (PS), first deputy mayor. Anne Hidalgo, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne.

Implement a mandatory reporting mechanism

It calls, in particular, for the organization of “pest control meetings”, that the Regional Health Agency (ARS) “implement a mandatory reporting mechanism and support people with financial support” or that “the psychological risk be addressed after of such an infestation. ”.

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Bed bugs, reappearing since the 1990s, have infested more than one in ten homes in France in recent years, regardless of income level. These small insects the size of an apple seed, which feed at night, mainly on human blood, usually hide in mattresses and bed bases and are carried on clothing and luggage.

They cost French households €230 million a year between 2017 and 2022, according to a recent report by the National Health Security Agency (ANSES). In recent weeks, users of several public places in the Paris region, such as the waiting area at Roissy airport, have reported the presence of these insects.

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