Bedbugs are back — greens to blame

April 14, 2009

Bedbugs are back — thanks to anti-pesticide green policies.

The Associated Press reported today that,

Faced with rising numbers of complaints to city information lines and increasingly frustrated landlords, hotel chains and housing authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted its first-ever bedbug summit Tuesday.

And why is this happening?

One of the problems, according to researchers and the pesticide industry, is that there are few chemicals on the market approved for use on mattresses that are effective at reducing bedbug numbers. The appleseed-sized critters have also developed a resistance to some of the chemicals on the market.

The EPA, out of concern for the environment and the effects on public health, has pulled many of the chemicals that were most effective in eradicating the bugs from the U.S. over the last 50 years — such as DDT — off of shelves.

What solutions are being considered?

Because the registration of new pesticides takes so long, one thing the EPA could do is to approve some pesticides for emergency use, Miller said.

The pesticide management industry will be pushing for federal funding for research into alternative solutions, such as heating, freezing or steaming the bugs out of bedrooms.

“We need to have better tools,” said Greg Baumann, a senior scientist at the National Pest Management Association. “We need EPA to consider all the options for us.”

2 Responses to “Bedbugs are back — greens to blame”

  1. welder4 Says:

    Not to mention the millions of people that died because of the Mosquitoes and the malaria they carry. I remember DDT when I was just a lad we sprayed it all over the place because it killed the flies and kept us from getting sick from eating ham that was crapped on by the flies.I did not like the smell or the taste of DDT but I am still alive and well . green Hell is an appropriate word for them and their agenda . I congratulate Steve on his putting the lady in her place that slept through the entire presentation on C- Span and then tried to discredit you with the funding deal , she was there for one reason . By the way I used to rub Mercury into 25 scent pieces to make them shinny and I have no poisoning. I have one bulb that is the fluorescent type and when it is gone I will either use 40 watts or led lights as they are ten times cheaper to burn then the twisty bulbs. some of the bugs needs worked out but that would be good lighting as it is the same as sun light.

  2. nothingtocareabout Says:

    Nooooh! Steve Milloy, you cannot possibly mean to harm those poor critters. How utterly immoral of you…. They have a right to have a life too, you know!!!


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