Worried about Bed Bugs? Thank the EPA

The bed bugs should thank the EPA, for restoring them as a threat to the well-being of Americans

Yes, we all know that the DDT ban has caused the deaths of millions by malaria. But there’s something far more important to us in the US:

The scourge of bed bugs has been spreading like wildfire, and they are really unpleasant.

Bed bugs were pretty-much extinct in the US, by the early 1970s, killed off by DDT. There was a steady trickle of new invasions, from foreign countries, but they never were able to gain a foothold…

…well, at least not until the Gingrich Congress of passed the deceptively-named Food Quality Protection Act, in 1996. What Speaker Gingrich and Senator Santorum supported, contrary to their current claims of opposing Big Brotherment regulation, was a law massively expanding the EPA’s power, resulting in a ban of almost every remaining, human-safe pesticide that was useful against bed bugs.

There was once a large pool of pesticides we could rotate between to keep bedbugs down, like DDT. Thanks to some unscientific hysteria in the 1960s, by the early seventies DDT was effectively banned, when bed bugs had, for that time, built up something of a resistance to it anyway. Perhaps years later it could have been used again it not for the ban, but at least that left us with other defenses, like malathion, pyrethroids, chlorpyrifos, propoxur, and diazinon, which kept the bugs at bay…until the powers of the EPA were so dangerous expanded.

This allowed it to essentially ban propoxur, chlorpyrifos, and diazinon, and other treatments on pure speculation, using the deadly Precautionary Principle, but no hard science, and make malathion illegal for indoor use. Left with nothing to rotate with, pyrethroids have become less effective — they never were particularly good to begin with — and, ironically, are particularly harmful to humans.

Our lives are flooded with misery that is the fault of coercive government, but that we tend to blame on other things. When you try to open the door to some small business and it is locked, for example, you can blame the local government’s insane regulations, requiring all businesses to have a door that can be unlocked in case of a fire; which results in doors being needlessly locked in the first place. Don’t even get me started on how similar regulations regarding shoes have caused a modern plague of foot fungus problems.

In this case, the “mysterious” resurgence of bedbugs is thanks to the EPA…and thanks to guys like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who give it destructive new powers.

About kazvorpal
Polyamorous, libertarian heinleiner. ENTP, student of traditional Shaolin kung fu, writer, cunning linguist.

5 Responses to Worried about Bed Bugs? Thank the EPA

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  3. sibby says:

    We recently found an infestation of bedbugs in our home. Actually, I’d been waking up with strange red spots all over my arms for the past few weeks, and hadn’t thought much of it until I went cleaning around my bed and noticed a pile of dead bugs behind the headboard.

    Of course, because the fed and eco dopes worked together to ban all the best chemicals for the job, all I was left with was the possibility of spending $1/sq ft to have the affected rooms heat treated, and be out potentially over $2000 that I don’t currently have, or trying to get rid of them with more conventional methods.

    So of course, this meant throwing out all the mattresses and sheets, leaving me out almost $500 worth of beds and bedding. And in the end we had to toss the rugs too. Every room had to be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom with strong chemicals, and all the clothes had to be laundered multiple times and dried in high heat (at great expense to my energy bill). Then we had to spray the furniture and baseboards with all kinds of foul smelling toxic crap to kill anything that was left over, during which time we couldn’t be in the house for about two days due to the overwhelming noxious fumes.

    We did eventually get rid of them, but it was a pain in the ass that took precious time out of our work and leisure time and cost us much more than it should have, had the government simply allowed us to buy DDT and similar chemicals to fumigate the house.

    • kazvorpal says:

      You could have simply used electric heaters to “heat treat” the rooms, yourself. You can find a lot of discussion on the ‘net as to how to do this, among people who claim to have been successful, themselves.

      Of course the ban on bedbug-killing, human-safe insecticides is criminally wrong.

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