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Kenya: I'll Rid You of Bedbugs, Just Give Me Votes

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  1. crossroads

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Fri Apr 7 2017 8:13:07
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    An enterprising Kenyan politician tries a new campaigning tactic:

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201704060076.html

    In an effort to clinch the Maringo Hamza Bahati Ward seat, Ndung'u has taken it upon himself to fumigate the homes in the area, which have been plagued by bedbugs.

    Every morning for the past three weeks, Mr Ndung'u, accompanied by a team of six bug termination specialists, has been moving from house to house in Makadara's Bahati area on a mission to rid the neighbourhoods of the blood-sucking insects.

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    Sat Apr 8 2017 1:00:08
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    Nice!

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Sat Apr 8 2017 2:16:41
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    This type of approach needs to be considered here at home. Offer subsidized or free (paid by the govt) treatment for those who cannot afford it. This is the only way we will win this battle. Also have sniffing dogs inspect luggage before it gets on a plane to avoid spreadimg them on planes. Thus avoiding bringing them from foreign countries. There has to be a way. I hope one day these pests will be a thing of the past again and only mentioned when saying goodnight.

    I'm not an expert. Just sharing what I learned from my experience.
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    I remember now, Kenya is at 5th place in the Google Trends results for "bed bugs":
    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/some-interesting-features-in-google-trends-for-bed-bugs
    https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=BED%20BUGS

    A quick calculation from that shows they have 8% of the global searches for "bed bugs".
    (download CSV from Interest by Region, divide Kenya searches by column B total)

    BUT Kenya only has 0.6% of the world's internet users:
    http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/kenya/

    I.e. searches from Kenya are over 10x higher than one would expect. Seems like Kenya has a disproportionately severe bed bug problem.


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