Riding the coattails of the San Francisco Chronicle story Sunday, lots of less thorough reports on the “mysterious” bed bug outbreaks. I love how, according to the press, some weeks it’s as if there are no bed bugs at all, and others, they’re a postmodern plague.
This from CBS 5 news in San Francisco and this ABC7 television segment from the DC metro area, are both fairly uninformative, though the ABC segment mentions how many, many people are recording their own bed bug videos and putting them on YouTube. Watch out, many of them are like watching pesticide sprays dry.
This brief article is still telling people to diagnose their bed bugs by their “musty” scent. Good luck, there, folks!
This doesn’t qualify as news, but the Rapture Ready Discussion Board members are ready to chalk up this bed bug epidemic as a sign of the End Times. Listen folks, no disrespect to anyone’s belief system, but bed bugs were all over this country until about 1939, when the Court of DDT was in session until about 1972, and they more or less stayed away 30 years or so when they were more or less wiped out and had to scrabble their way back. And that’s where we are now. Bed bugs, a problem since
caveman Biblical times and before, never entirely left, they just were way under control. Now they’re way out of control.
Finally, this gem of an article is bound to worry our friend Lou Sorkin, AMNH entomologist and Bedbugger advisor. A plant pathologist at University of Missouri frequently identifies insects and plants that people send in. But he was shocked to open one box to find live bed bugs swarming around. Some college kid sent them in without making sure they were properly sealed. Imagine the fun that ensued.