Bed bugs, evolution and pesticide resistance

October 5, 2010

Bug Girl helpfully points us to some excellent new resources on bed bugs and pesticide resistance. Dr. James Crow, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, was a pioneer in the research of pesticide resistance in the late 1940s, and was a founder of the fields of population genetics and molecular […]

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These days, education may do more to fight bed bugs than DDT

August 2, 2010

The call for DDT keeps coming, despite scientific evidence suggesting it is not the solution to the current bed bug crisis. Paul Driessen writes of bed bugs in the New York Post today: Growing infestations of the ravenous bloodsuckers have New Yorkers annoyed, angry about officialdom’s inadequate responses — and “itching” for answers. Instead, their […]

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Protect your children! Creepy DDT-infused wallpaper circa 1947

January 25, 2010

This is a delightfully creepy find: Trimz DDT Children’s Room Wallpaper and Ceiling Paper. Yes, Disney-themed DDT-impregnated wallpaper, advertised in Woman’s Day magazine back in 1947. Remember, it’s “Certified to be absolutely safe for home use.” (Remember this next time you see such a statement being made!) And no, I do not think this is […]

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Joe Fiorito on thermal, DDT, and public health

February 4, 2009

Joe Fiorito has an excellent new article today, and it represents a departure from many of his past bed bug stories, which focused on individual stories of life with bed bugs, often focusing on low-income and elderly tenants. This time, Fiorito reports on a presentation by Dr. Michael Potter, long one of our favorite entomologists, […]

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On getting better pesticides for killing bed bugs (no, DDT is not one of them)

January 7, 2009

I was poking around some historical items, for reasons which will soon become revealed to you, dear readers, when I found an interesting document from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation which outlines the history of DDT in Canada, the US (the three countries represented on the CEC) until 1997.  Click here to load a PDF […]

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Interview with Clive Boase: forget DDT, think better bed bug management

September 3, 2008

Renee has an excellent interview with UK entomologist and bed bug expert Clive Boase posted over at New York vs. Bed Bugs today. One of the strongest messages coming from the discussion is that, in the UK at least, bed bugs were declining in the 1930s — well before DDT was available — due to […]

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Bed Bug History, DDT, and implications for the future

August 25, 2008

PCTOnline has a new article out in which Dr. Michael Potter explores bed bug history, and relates past bed bug stories to today’s situation. The article is enlightening in that it describes how our ancestors, recent and long-past, dealt with bed bugs. Before they came under control (with the widespread use of DDT) in the […]

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Bed bugs, chickens and DNA: a Q&A with Dr. James Austin

March 20, 2008

by hopelessnomo Bedbugger has been following the fascinating genetic research on bed bugs, a collaboration between the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Insect Genetics Laboratory and Texas A&M’s Center for Urban & Structural Entomology, that illuminates a new perspective on the bed bug resurgence: the possibility that bed bugs were continuously present in the United […]

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No, not that DDT debate. A different one, trust me. Read on.

October 17, 2007

[Deleted.] Sorry– the post is gone: removed at the request of the young person who wants to forget the whole thing ever happened. Traditional steps are being taken to eradicate bed bugs, and we wish this individual well. Sorry to delete your comments which were so well-conceived, but we were all young once– Nobugs too!

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“There are no harmless chemicals, only harmless uses of chemicals.”

June 5, 2007

An article in the New York Times today suggests we give some thought to the words of I. L. Baldwin, a man who suggested Rachel Carson was a bit too hard on pesticides. Ms. Carson presented DDT as a dangerous human carcinogen, but Dr. Baldwin said the question was open and noted that most scientists […]

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Watch out – DDT article below

May 24, 2007

This article is from a group that I would admittedly consider to have a bias but I’m allowing them to be the strange bedfellow in my bed (of course on risers) on this issue. Bedbug Outbreak Hits All 50 States Thanks to DDT Ban Written By: James Hoare Published In: Environment News Publication Date: June 1, 2007 […]

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