Folks there has been a sky rocketing case of bedbugs in hotels. motels, and Wal-Mart Just a caution. Umm why can’t we use DDT. Tell that to the millions of children who have died from Malaria. Steve
Just be careful and know what to look for, especially when you’re traveling (they’re in airline seats, blankets, pillows, too) and know what to do if you are exposed!
3. Environmentalists Blamed for Deadly Bedbug Plague
Government policies on the use of pesticides have led to a resurgent population of bedbugs — including some that carry a deadly antibiotic-resistant germ.
Bedbugs had been almost completely eradicated in the United States for half a century through the use of the now-banned pesticide DDT, but their population has grown rapidly during the past decade, overwhelming hotels, hospitals, schools, and apartment buildings, according to a report from the Heartland Institute.
Canadian researchers have recently discovered bedbugs carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics and can be deadly if it reaches the bloodstream.
H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, blames the bedbug resurgence on “poor policy decisions.”
He told Heartland Institute: “Most households have never seen a bedbug before now. But in the early 1970s, the government banned the pesticide DDT, and now we’re seeing bedbug infestations in European and North American cities.
“This is another legacy of Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring,’ the 1962 book credited with starting the environmental movement, leading to the ban of DDT.
“By banning DDT, we’ve killed people in developing countries through the spread of malaria. Now we’re subjecting the U.S. population to bedbugs and other pests and vermin.
“Government should lift the ban on DDT and other pesticides that are effective in treating pests like bedbugs.”
Angela Logomasini, director of risk and environmental policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agrees.
“We had eradicated bedbugs in the past, then we banned DDT for home use, and now they’re back. I think this policy needs to be reevaluated.”
She also said, “We need a better regulatory environment. Rather than removing products from the shelves, which is where we are today because of the precautionary principle, more evaluation and experimentation is needed.”
here is some back ground on the mass murder
~Steve~ H/T May
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