I look forward to growing Old and Wise and Audacious.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Don't let the bed bugs bite.

Several years back at a LPC Convention at the Congress Centre in Ottawa the party passed a resolution to stop the use of Cosmetic pesticides on lawns, golf courses and public parks; a resolution that has taken a decade to reach the communit(ies) that I live in.
In Africa, we thought absolutely nothing of fumigating our bed room and the mosquito nets et al every single night, in fear of the illusive mosquito and the terror of malaria.That was in addition to the weekly prophylactic Larium tablets.

International travel news

'Don't let the bedbugs bite' heard as infestations on the rise Absent from the United States for so long that some thought they were a myth, bedbugs are back. Entomologists and pest control professionals are reporting a dramatic increase in infestations throughout the country, and no one knows exactly why."It's no secret that bedbugs are making a comeback," said Dan Suiter, an associate professor of entomology at the University of Georgia.Before World War II, bedbug infestations were common in the U.S., but they were virtually eradicated through improvements in hygiene and the widespread use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s.Bedbugs are tiny brownish, flattened insects that feed exclusively on the blood of animals and humans. Their bites may cause itchy red welts or swelling. Unlike mosquitoes, though, they are not known to transmit blood-borne diseases from one victim to another. They are extremely resilient and very difficult to exterminate. Experts say bedbugs are not necessarily an indicator of unsanitary conditions.In the past 4 years, reports of bedbugs have significantly increased in U.S. cities, from New York to Honolulu, especially in hotels, hospitals and college dormitories - all places with high resident turnover.Experts are not entirely sure what has caused the marked increase. Some speculate that increased international travel and immigration may be partially to blame. The tiny bugs may be hitching a ride in the luggage or clothing of travelers. This could explain the high concentration of the pests in cities like Atlanta and New York, which attract a lot of international traffic.Another factor is a change in pest control practices. Companies are spraying more responsibly now, Suiter said. Instead of indiscriminately saturating the perimeter of all rooms, they often use more conservative measures and do large-scale spray treatments only when there's an infestation. As a result of consumer demand, less toxic chemicals are also being used.In Hawaii, where tourism is a major industry, state lawmakers passed a resolution for a prevention campaign after infestations at some hotels damaged their reputations and annoyed travellers. Similarly, legislation for a bedbug task force has been proposed for New York City.

This makes me wonder if there is a middle ground or compromise position between all (fumigation) or not?

We are damned when we do and we are damned when we don't.

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