The REHIS Southern Centre presented a Public Health and Pest Control – The Rise of Bed Bugs and Cockroaches Seminar on 24 February in Glasgow. The event, attended by over 50 delegates (and there were more than 20 potential delegates on a waiting list), was deemed to have been a great success by the delegates and presenters. The event was chaired by Andrew McPherson, REHIS Council member and Southern Centre Chairman.

Oliver Madge, Chairman of the Bed Bug Foundation ( presented his paper Bed Bugs – The Problems and Solutions and he was followed by Nigel Kerr of Glasgow City Council Bed Bugs v. Cockroaches in Glasgow – a Sleeping Timebomb? and Stuart Graham of the City of Edinburgh Council Bed Bugs in Edinburgh – an Artistic Impression.

Andrew McPherson and the Southern Centre offer their thanks to all the presenters and to Pat Hoey, Chairman of the REHIS Public Health and Housing Working Group, for their contribution to the success of this event which was open to members of REHIS and to all environmental health professionals in Scotland.

The presentations given by the speakers are available at