Bed bugs are here. They are really, really here and are NOT going away. What gives? Didn’t we get rid of these back in the ’50’s?
There are those who tout that the removal of DDT from our arsenal of pest killing products is the reason these blood sucking monsters are back. Wrong. The lack of DDT has no bearing on the resurgence of bed bugs.
First of all, it isn’t like DDT went away in the last 5 years. DDT was banned way back in the ’70’s so we’re talking 40 years ago. A single pregnant female bed bug introduced into your home can become 4000 in just 30 short days. So if DDT were the once miracle cure removed from operation, we’d have been run over by bed bugs at those multiplying rates in about 4 years. And that didn’t happen.
So what is happening? Why are these blood suckers here and why can’t we get rid of them once and for all?
It is because of synthetic, chemical pesticides. These Frankenstein monsters of chemistry have been the go-to for pest control beginning after World War II. The stronger-the-chemical-the-better mindset has created super bed bugs capable of withstanding insane levels of toxicity, poisons and deadly pesticides.
This is because of a little known scientific phenomenon called’ Pesticide Resistance’. Pesticide Resistance is explained as follows:
- Whenever a pest population is treated with a given synthetic pesticide (we’ll refer to this example as Pesticide X), there is a certain percentage of that pest group that is somehow immune to Pesticide X.
- Perhaps the bugs have mutated, perhaps they don’t have matching receptors or whatever… the end result is a certain group of those bugs will not be affected by Pesticide X.
- These survivors now have offspring and the babies are resistant too!
- Then they lay eggs and then they lay eggs and voila – after a while, the entire population of that pest is immune to Pesticide X.
Pesticide X is of no use now so what do the scientists do? Create Pesticide XX which is more lethal, stronger, more toxic and more pervasive so that the same level of control is achieved. Humans, animals, the environment and all that is sacred are now exposed to higher levels of toxins yet fewer pests are controlled.
Super Bed Bugs have been created. We are now at levels of Pesticide XXX to the nth degree and the only result is more of them and higher toxicity in our world.
The ONLY solution to control bed bugs is something from Nature. Yes, you can use extreme heat, ruin your belongings and risk fire. Or you can use a safe, natural ingredient called cedar to get the job done.
Louise Hodges is the owner of Greenbug which offers pest control products that use cedar as the active ingredient. Greenbug is an alternative to synthetic chemical pesticides.
Greenbug products control pests you don’t want such as Bed Bugs, Mosquitoes, Ants, Fleas, Ticks, Roaches, Mites, etc. but cause no harm whatsoever to beneficial creatures.