Archive for September 2nd, 2010

Oh, oh But Bed Bugs ARE Biting

posted by Jael Ever @ 13:38 PM
September 2, 2010

Bed bugs are making a come back in major North American regions, such as New York, Toronto, Illinois, South Dakota and Hawaii, as well as in other major areas in Australia, Europe and parts of  Asia and Africa.  “The results of the 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study suggest that we are on the threshold of a bed bug pandemic, not just in the United States but around the world,” said Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for National Pest Management Association.  And entomologists are at a loss to explain their explosive growth. New Yorkers have been especially bugged by the pests which are now invading office buildings and retail stores, not just sleeping quarters. Citizen outcries recently moved New York officials to set aside $ 500,000 just for bed bug control.
 Some possible reasons given for the explosive growth of bedbugs around the world include:  migration of illegal aliens from poorer countries; more world travel, bringing such bugs from far away places; changes in bed bug habits, no longer limiting habitats to beds, but moving to work places;  younger generations unfamiliar with these insects, once common in the U.S.; growth of the purchase of secondhand merchandise; national prohibition against stronger pesticides such as DDT that could eradicate bed bugs and halt their return for at least a year.

 But entomologists and pest control professionals have no idea why these insects have increased so dramatically.  They admit that bedbugs are a mystery,  attacking civilizations and then leaving at will.  The bugs lay between 5 to 12 eggs a day, with hatchlings in just 21 days, each one living for up to a year. Moreover, experts disagree as to whether or not bedbugs inflict or spread diseases.  According to Medical Entomologists at Purdue University, “At least 27 agents of human disease have been found in bed bugs, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and parasitic worms. None of these agents reproduce or multiply within bed bugs, and very few survive for any length of time inside a bed bug. There is no evidence that bed bugs are involved in the transmission (via bite or infected feces) of any disease agent, including hepatitis B virus and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.”  This is the diagnosis that health officials around the world hope to be true.

 However, Dr. Robert A. Schwartz, Professor of Dermatology, Pathology at the New Jersey Medical School states that “Bedbugs may be a vector for hepatitis B6 and, in endemic areas, for American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease),” and can cause anaphylactoid reactions as well.  Moreover, Dr. Haisook’s Medicopedia states that these creatures can allegedly cause Hepatitis B Virus, and of course lead to nervousness and insomnia.  A close study of the Book of Exodus in wholesale Christian Bibles would help to solve the mystery.  Worldwide insect invasions should be seen as a sign of the end times, and should be so interpreted by those Christians who closely study God’s Word!

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