Sweet Dreams, Sleep Tight…Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

Companion of Your Dreams

Sleeping with mere acquaintances used to be commonplace in America though heavily frowned on by housewives; it was much like today but was more about blood than sex. Everybody was acquainted with bedbugs though few owned up to sleeping with them, which housewives considered a personal disgrace. But bedbugs are egalitarians, totally unprejudiced; they’ll go to bed with anyone and did. Then someone came up with DDT and all the bedbugs moved out and stayed out until generations of Americans didn’t know they existed.

The then-nascent environmental movement jumped on Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and with media backing, pushed for a ban on DDT since farm use dumped it into waterways and seemed to threaten birds and fish. With typical overkill, government banned DDT.

Fast forward a few decades: the bedbugs in their foreign sanctuaries read about this and started returning on convenient airlines. They’ve infested New York’s best hotels and department stores (and homes) and have moved west across the country on airplanes. They’re back: Bedbugs on Buses will give you current affairs in Detroit. And of course, elsewhere.

But though the bugs are back, DDT isn’t and there’s no decent, affordable replacement. DDT is allowed in a number of other places and it still keeps bedbugs out, cheaply. And if you don’t spray it all over farms, it’s harmless to everyone but the bugs. But Americas’s government evidently prefers the bugs, which continue to spread and are now located in some place near you. You can hire exterminators–if you can afford it–or buy costly poisons that don’t work very well. Good luck with that!

Meantime, best get used to sleeping with friends that you’ll meet sooner or later under current government policies. Some folk never notice, though some itch and show red spots. Generally it’s believed the bugs don’t transmit diseases, though some claim otherwise. Without access to DDT, we’ll likely find out. Sweet dreams!

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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