Scientific background on the insect.
Questions to consider
What creates them really?
How can we cut back on the spread?
Are pesticides creating a worse problem.
Dr. Gale E. Ridge Autobiography
Dr. Ridge is a national expert on the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L. and its close relatives. Her research is into its biology, behavior, and vulnerabilities. She is currently collaborating with scientists at Mississippi State University and Case Western Reserve on management and control of the insect. Dr. Ridge is the chair of the Connecticut Coalition Against Bed Bugs. She is also a member of the EPA scientific advisory panel that worked on the revision of pesticide research in the USA, Canada, and Europe which included addressing 25b FIFRA pesticides. She is a leader in professional training and public education of the insect.
Dr. Ridge has taken a leadership role in educating, organizing, and empowering housing interests, health departments, and pest management professionals in the management of the Common bed bug, Cimex lectularius in the State of Connecticut. Dr. Ridge is the chair of the Connecticut Coalition Against Bed Bugs (CCABB). This multidisciplinary board consists of members from the Pest Management Professionals of Connecticut, State and Local Health, Research, DEEP, and the Connecticut Chief States Attorney’s Office. It has functioned in an advisory capacity for state legislators; it has sponsored numerous bed bug training forums, built a web-site, published numerous informational articles, has a 400 member list-serve service, and produced an award winning bed bug video among many other its activities.
PhD. The University of Connecticut (Ecology and Evolution) 2008
M.S. Southern Connecticut State University (Biology Department) 1998
B.A. Hons. Trinity College of Music (Piano performance and teaching) 1980