BY KEN BRANSON
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
A Rutgers entomologist known for coming up with novel ways to eradicate bedbugs is using his knowledge to help his neighbors. Changlu Wang, a professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, applied for a grant from Rutgers to develop a bed-bug management program for low-income New Brunswick residents living in public housing.
Bedbugs – bloodsucking parasitic insects that consider beds cozy places to congregate and feed on human beings – are a particular scourge of urban, densely populated areas.
Wang learned of the city’s problem from John Clarke, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Housing and Redevelopment Authority, at a 2012 meeting of housing and redevelopment officials.The authority operates more than 1,400 public and assisted housing units in New Brunswick, some of which are infested with bed bugs.