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Bedbugs Trump Science: They Can’t Be Killed!

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:31 AM
February 5, 2011

Looks like science has met its match:  The Bedbug!  Scientific studies from various universities now report that bedbugs have developed such resistance to man-made chemicals that it is impossible to kill them!  According to a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, Entomologists from Ohio State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the University of Kentucky, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Tuebingen in Germany and other researchers from the United States, Europe and Africa––all acknowledge that, if men don’t develop better attacks against these pests, Bedbugs Will Defeat the Human Race!

 These insect researchers claim that bedbugs now have stronger defenses against man-made deterrences in three  ways:  1)  Better enzymes that can detoxify pesticides; 2) Thicker outer exoskeleton layers to block insecticides; 3) Mutated cells able to withstand pesticide toxics.  It seems that one generation of these spunky bugs pass secrets of resistance to the next generation.  Oh, and yes, of course, it is man’s fault: Dini Miller at Virginia Tech explains that  by trying to kill these bugs in the first place, people have changed their genetic make-up.

 Of course, as in too many other modern systems, money could solve the problem.  Apparently the market for  insecticides is too small, while the cost of development, testing and governmental approval is too high for investment in the research needed to kill these pests once and for all.  Hmm.  Wonder when it will become important enough to fund research since ever-stronger bugs are now found in schools, apartment buildings, department stores, camp sites and hotels, etc.

 In fact Amy Steinberg of Salon.com reveals that that “the bedbug population has increased by nearly 500 percent in North America. . . . and that the insects can now survive a pesticide dose 1,000 times greater than in decades past.”  She lists the ten top bedbug infested cities as: Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dayton, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland.  In fact, Ted Strickland, outgoing Governor of Ohio, laments  in the Columbus Dispatch that the Environmental Protection Agency will not approve sufficient use of the pesticide Propoxur because it may be more harmful to humans than bedbugs.

 Hmm again.  Its time for people in government and industry to “man-up” against these tiny bug armies.  Wholesale Christian Bibles says that in the last days at least one-sixteenth of the world’s nine billion people will be destroyed by beasts:  “And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth (Revelation 6: 8b).”  Right now it seems logical that at least one set of those beasts will be bedbugs!

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