The Bedbug Dilemma

As I read this story, I checked Wikipedia for more info. I found this a bit interesting.

Largely eradicated as pests in the developed world (largely through the use of DDT) in the early 1940s, bedbugs have been resurgent since about 1995

Why not bring back DDT?

9 thoughts on “The Bedbug Dilemma

  1. Almost every story I have seen on this prominently mentions that bedbugs are becoming resistant to DDT because of overuse and improper use. So, don’t even look there because it won’t work. Even though it used to. Even though the new chemicals don’t work and are exorbitantly expensive. And because the new treatments leave survivors, the bedbugs are becoming resistant to them. And DDT hasn’t been used in 40 years, so the resistant Bedbugs must also be immortal and killing them is going to take cutting their heads off, one at a time until there is only one left, and it gets the prize.

    In the end, there can be only one.

    What we do know:
    1. Environmentalists will never admit they were wrong (blatantly fraudulent) about DDT.
    2. Environmentalists will never admit that saving human life is more important than saving obscure animal species, like the insecticide-resistant kinds of bedbug.
    3. Environmentalists will never admit that even though they were 110% right about DDT, maybe, just for a limited time, it might be OK to use a little bit of it to kill bedbugs.
    4. Professional exterminators can charge full price for expensive re-treatments even though the need for additional treatments should indicate that the first treatment failed.
    5. You have to have a license from the Federal govt to apply the special insecticides that do not work. That license is expensive to get and maintain and you can’t buy the treatments without it.
    6. The news papers were warning just today that the government is warning people with bedbugs to not use commercial or farm insecticides indoors… because even though they work… they will probably kill you and your children. But really what they are doing is enforcing the use of their license by exterminators. If there is an effective treatment “for outdoor use only”, I’m using it. I’ll send the family on vacation for a few days while the place airs out and I clean all the carpets and fabrics.
    7. Environmentalist believe the way to deal with bedbugs is to reach an accommodation with them. Once they have had enough to eat (you), they will quiet down enough for you to get to sleep. Once you get used to them, you will hardly even know they are there. Since most environmentalists already share their bodies with lice, fleas, genital warts, Herpes and cooties, this suggestion makes sense to them.
    8. No one needs to mention that all of our modern bedbugs are coming in the luggage of people from rat and bedbug infested third world open cesspools of humanity. Or should I say, undocumented future Democratic Party voters.

    If I get bedbugs in my house, I am absolutely going to Mexico and getting some DDT. I will ship it back looking like a brick of Cocaine just to make sure i can get it through customs. DDT is illegal in Mexico too, but Mexicans are not stupid.

  2. What? And save the lives of human beings while destroying BILLIONS of mosquitos and bedbugs? Are you MAD??

    And here I thought you were “Green”…………

    *Marks Recon’s Dad off Christmas card list; leaves Recon though*


  3. @Professor Hale
    Yeah…I never bought the “DDT is ineffective from oversuse” argument. That’s a false canard that government and environmentalists use to promote their self-serving agendas. I’d rather allow the free market to determine how effective a treatment is.

    @Pastor Russ Westbrook
    Awwww shit….details. I forgot about the heart of the Gospel: since God is creating a new heaven and a new earth, we should focus on that instead of reaching the elect. We need to make the world safe for snakes and insects, and let the humans all die and go to hell.

  4. @ReconsDad
    There has been so much entrenched missinformation about DDT that I will not believe it does not work until I try it myself and observe the results. If it kills bugs dead the first time, I don’t see how they then become resistant. If they are already resistant, then no harm done trying to kill them again. It’s not like they are going to become super-duper resistant.

  5. It’s not just things that are ‘illegal’ — it’s things that are not ‘safe enough.’ Case in point: I tried to get some plain old boric acid and could not find it at two different home supply places. There were other products, but apparently someone put some boric acid in their lemonade, or something; at any rate I had to find some online (crickets have been finding their way into my house somehow). It is tellingly made outside the country, where I imagine it would be harder to sue the maker.

    .. I would rather use this product than the neurotoxins, however mild, that I could get over the counter, and that I could likewise put in the kool-aide, or lemon-aide, or whatever, if I was clueless or intent on doing harm. The boric acid is safer. Just harder to get now.

    OT for Recon’s dad: WTF?

  6. @Charles
    Looking at the signatories on that list, I can’t say that I’m surprised. Ron Sider? TD Jakes? David Gushee? Jim Wallis?

    Donald Miller? (Ooooops! I just deflated Lisa Anderson’s hopes again)

    A whole boatload of Presbyterrorist Church (USA) folks?

  7. I was surprised, actually, to see Don Miller on it. Further evidence to me that the Vineyard is slipping — there are other bits and pieces of anecdotal evidence – into a social gospel kind of template.

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