Could it be... AL QUEDA?(9 posts)
I've been reading a lot about bed bugs and one common theme is the mystery about why they've suddenly become a huge problem.
Some sites say because of international travel... I disagree; people have always traveled.
Some sites say because of the banning of DDT... I disagree; the bugs were resistant to DDT in the 1940s.
I think it could be Al Queda. Imagine some terrorist dudes sprinkling envelopes full of bed bugs in hotel rooms, on airport luggage carousels, in apartment building hallways.
Since the 9/11/2001 attack... if they started spreading bed bugs at about that time... that fits the time frame of their re-emergence in large numbers around 2003 to 2005.
Why would they do this? 2 reasons: keeping half the country awake all night with bed bugs is an effective psychological weapon; and if an Al Queda member gets caught with a bag full of bed bugs, there's no penalty for that... unlike being caught with explosives or Anthrax etc.
Anyone think this is a realistic scenario? It sounds kind of like one of those people who claim the moon landings were faked.... but not quite that crazy.
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9/11 is also what allowed the US to invade Iraq (albeit on false pretenses). Many Al Qaeda operatives were able to cross the borders into Iraq after Saddam was removed and the borders became less secure. And what does this have to do with bedbugs? Iraq is a great place to get bedbugs (if you have to get them at all). Just wait til the hot season when the temps go to 140 degrees, and voila, you have an annual FREE thermal treatment!!
So if you're Al Qaeda in Iraq, you don't have to worry about bedbugs too much. I think Afghanistan also has extreme temps. If you're in Pakistan - no such luck. It's a temperate climate.
People have always traveled, but not like they do today. The operative word is migration. In the 90s, global migration exploded. No longer just tourists and businessmen on a visit, but families, even whole villages, on the move.
I haven't done the research, but I'll bet you can timeline wars/world events with parallel bedbug epidemics.
Sorry ignoring original message, which was funny enough to make me open the thread - yes people travel more than they ever did, so everything, nice and not nice, is spread around more - BUT I think it's the combo of increased travel AND discontinuation of various poisons - I think that if you
1- used public transportation or
2 - lived in a multiple dwelling building (like an apartment building), your property was very likely to be exposed to DDT and things like that - in airplane holds and via routine general exterminator spraying which occurred in most buildings. Somebody would come and do routine preventive spraying, and I think that a big percentage of early infestations got wiped out that way.
First of all, it may get hot in Iraq, but people's dwellings would be designed to be much cooler.
Secondly I think what's interesting about this theory is that BB's seem to attack exactly the kinds of things that Terrorists/muslim extremists claim to hate about america. i.e.; they upset our regular day jobs and the normal rythm of the 9-5, they mess with our system of stratefication as they can infest anyone, they can f* with the economy by disrupting normal consumer patterns, they target possessions and cause normally materialistic americans to become minimalist's. They force americans to keep a cleanly dwelling and not be pigs. They attack us on a personal level and degrade our pride and stamina.
I highly doubt that terrorists would consider this a strategy but I can't help but think that they would see BB's as a sort of twisted Karma.
That being said, I did read somewhere's about the department of defense considering BB's as a possible bioweapon if they could prove as a substantial vector of any disease (like anthrax or something.) That's a fun conspiracy theory but just to show it's not a new topic.
Hmmmm, one subtle but rather whopping whole in this theory.
The first global city to have a major bed bug outbreak was Sydney Australia following the Olympic games in 2000 considerably before the war on terror was declared.
Mapping of infestations in cities and in-depth analysis of how people get exposed to bed bugs gives us a more accurate view as to why bed bugs are back. In short its not as simple as a single cause, its a complex issue and sadly discussion of the many contributing factors almost always degenerates into a blame game.
The reality is that the single biggest cause for the spread of bed bugs in the western world is and will continue to be lack of public awareness of the issue and how to avoid contact when travelling away from home.
It is therefore more beneficial to the cause of stopping the spread to communicate the issue rather than look for someone to blame.
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Well, then, maybe it's the US government! A USDA experiment (Plum Island) gone wrong.
While there are points in this thread that want to make me get my tin foil helmet, In my opinion
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