Archive for December 8th, 2010

But California Bedbugs Would Meet Themselves Coming Back

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:31 AM
December 8, 2010

Of course those bedbugs who made it from New York to California would only be meeting their cousins coming back from Hawaii.  On his blog, Attorney Wayne Parsons, who practices in the Aloha state, says that Hawaii especially has a horrible bedbug problem, and that hotels work very hard there to keep the matter away from the media.  Parsons insists that such secrecy is unfair to tourists, and that the bug problem will ultimately affect that state’s tourist industry, if it is not dealt with.  He is hopeful that the federal government’s involvement will give more guidance to state and business health officials.

 Parsons gives some tips from Victoria Fickle, an entomologist with the State of Hawaii Department of Health, for travelers to protect themselves from bedbugs: 1) Remove all sheets and inspect mattresses when first going to a hotel looking for any bugs or blood spots, even pull beds away from walls and check wall areas; 2) Don’t keep suitcases near hotel beds or store clothes on hotel furniture; 3) Keep suitcases zipped at all times; 4) When leaving the hotel, put belongings in sealed plastic bags; 5) When returning home, wash all clothes and dry them at highest possible temperatures.  If items can’t be washed, put them in zip-top bags and place in the freezer for several days; 6) Vacuum suitcases and travel bags, being especially mindful of seams and corners;  7) Do these things immediately and at the first signs of bedbugs––get professional help.  This help is needed, because perhaps the biggest problem with bedbug attacks is the emotional strain it has on the victims.

 Reports from various victims indicate that this emotional strain drives people to drastic measures.  One couple being ferociously attacked by bedbugs finally moved out of their long-term leased New York apartment, gave up their aspirations for Broadway, and returned to their birthplace in the South.  They simply couldn’t take it any more. Exodus 8: 21 should be added to other examples from Scripture on bedbugs:  “Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of FLIES upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of FLIES, and also the ground whereon they are.” Again, as explained in several past blogs, the term “flies” means various kinds of attacking insects.   As believers shop for wholesale Christian gifts this holiday, perhaps some of those gifts should be pretested for these bugs.  On the other hand, good Bible translations that make God’s requirements and intentions clear would also make great gifts.

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