The bed bug summit will feature presentations about the current bed bug problem, and discussions with experts about eradication. Every year, dozens of cases are reported to the city health department, which inspects units for infestation and if necessary, hands out compliance tickets to landlords, said Melissa McWhinney, a CAAS spokeswoman.
Although not officially considered a health hazard, McWhinney said the bugs are at least an annoyance, and at most, a pest that can cost thousands to properly eradicate.
The summit is open to the public, and admission is free but participants are asked to sign up here. The free event is slated for 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Tufts University, 51 Winthrop St. in Medford.