Bureaucrats in Your Bedroom

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The government now wants to advise us on potential trouble in our bedrooms. At the same time, it is finding out that being politically correct doesn’t solve the problem.

On Sept. 5, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined forces to release a document to warn the citizenry about what these agencies see as an “emerging public health problem”–bed bugs. Meanwhile, a New Jersey community newspaper Sept. 5 said bed bugs have been increasing because the little pests are “building up an immunity to the ‘greener’ chemicals.” Such a finding must, indeed, be a shock to an agency such as EPA, which has lived an existence of political correctness in support of an ever “greener” world.

The United States is “one of many countries now experiencing an alarming resurgence in the population of bed bugs,” the new government document warns. “Though the exact cause is not known, experts suspect the resurgence is associated with increased resistance of bed bugs to available pesticides,” the government agencies acknowledged with what must have been some reluctance.

The agencies also blamed the prevalence of bed bugs on “lack of knowledge regarding control of bed bugs,” apparently surmising that most Americans live in some fairyland, unaware of, or unconcerned about, the variety of problems life can bring. The federal document warned that bed bugs are “similar to head lice,” with which most parents with children in public schools are all too familiar. But bed bugs “are not believed to transmit disease,” the government agencies conceded. With just a touch of hysteria, however, the government document states, “Bed bugs cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and economic consequences.” Some people have allergic reactions to bed bug bites with “effects ranging from no reaction to small bite mark to, in rare cases, Anaphylaxis (severe whole body reaction)….Bed bugs may also affect the mental health of people living in infested homes. Reported effects include anxiety and insomnia.” It’s hard to imagine what could be worse.

The New Jersey article reported New York City had the honor of “being declared as the top hot spot for the pests in the United States, according to a list from Terminex Pest Control.” Bed bugs have been increasing in numbers because of changed standards in pesticides, according to Jan TenHoeve, owner of Sentry Termite and Pest Control, the story said. According to TenHoeve, the bugs “used to be controlled with more potent chemicals like DDT, but legislation has banned the use of DDT. Certain chemicals being used to control bed bugs, like Pyrethrin…might be easier on the environment. But they may be a bit too easy on bed bugs, which appear to  be building up an immunity  to the ‘greener’ chemicals,” said TenHoeve.

A Rutgers University study earlier this year speculated that a combination of international travel, insecticide resistance, and lack of effective chemical control tools may be the leading contributors to the bed bug increase. The study also found that bed bug infestations are not related to a building’s quality or the socioeconomic status of its residents, and efforts by either residents or pest control professionals “are often ineffective in eliminating the bugs.

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  • Lori

    Bed Bugs! Little Bugs That will creep in and Bite You! The Green Movement seems to Be running into problems! I guess we will all have to throw away the Mattresses! Than they will have to try to find away To Bury the mattresses! Bed Bugs will continue through and will not stop till Their Immunity cannot Be broke Down! Those Bugs will cost you more than Anxiety you will have to throw away your Mattresses! Oh My You Will Feel Those Creepy things Till you Totally Clean House! Funny! I Wonder What The Green Movement Will Do? Do You Think They will clean your House? Check your Hair? Skin? Night! Night! Do Not Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

  • Rifleman

    I'm not at al surprised government attempts at safety are having the opposite effect. They've outlawed almost every pesticide that works, naturally people being eaten alive in their homes will try almost anything they can get their hands on that works to erradicate the vermin.

    Grandma's stock of DDT didn't run out until the late 80s, that stuff is great.

  • Wesley69

    Beware!!!!! The mattress police are on their way, via your friendly folks at the EPA. Did you file your reports on how many portions of green vegetables and citrus you ate last week?????????

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • Jim C.

    Yeah, I sure hate having clean water, clean air, and safe food to eat thanks to these government "tyrants."

    • Wesley69

      That is not the point! Clean water, air and safe food are things that need government regulation. What I am pointing out is excessive government mandates and regulations.

      I believe in the idea that people have the right to make choices for themselves. They do not need government to watch every single move they make. Taken to the extreme. as some members of the Obama Administration would have it, government bureaucrats could make decisions about life and death, what businesses will be allowed or destroyed by taxation, what career choices will be open to you based on their decision not yours. Look at how we are so politically correct – terrorist attack – man caused disaster – war on terror – overseas contingency operations ='s ObamaSpeak ='s the all powerful government!!!!! Sounds like 1984 to me.

      "ALL TYRANNY NEEDS TO GAIN A FOOTHOLD IS FOR PEOPLE OF GOOD CONSCIENCE TO REMAIN SILENT." Jefferson's words guide me as I write against what I perceive as our greatest threat to our freedoms today – the leadership our own national government.

  • minnieiam

    The old folks used to set the legs of their beds in jar lids filled with Kerosene to keep the bedbugs from infesting their beds. The bugs couldn't get on or off without going through the Kerosene, unless they were transported on someone's body. Even people who didn't have bedbugs used the kerosene barrier to keep the little critters at bay. they also used kerosene to get rid of head lice. Has the EPA banned Kerosene yet?

    • tfk98

      Supreme Oil Co. has the cheapest red dye kerosene in my area.