I don't want to bore you with the statistics - but I do happen to
like this one from a recent Times article: "Cindy Mannes, of the
National Pest Management Association, said in a telephone interview
that it recorded a 71 percent increase from 2000 to 2005 in the
number of exterminators who had received calls about bedbugs." (link)
Now, I have no idea where the little bastard came from - all I know
is that I wish I had it drawn and quartered and set on fire before I
smashed it - that perhaps MIGHT have made up for the pain from the three bites I got - but right now I am trying to be positive - and
hope that well.. it was the only one.. sigh... (delusions, I know, I
Anyway, I spent the week surfing the web to find out what I
could do - The masked hunter (link) seemed like the best option but I couldn't find one for sale. But I did learn that it is only a matter of time before one can purchase some DDT!
Serious! Allow me to lay it out for you - On the one hand we have the anti-science lobby, not only do they dis the idea of global warming - they also take the banishment of DDT as a serious human rights violation - as one of their luminaries Michael Crichton says in his book State Of Fear:
Since the ban, two million people a year have died unnecessarily from malaria, mostly children. The ban has caused more than fifty million needless deaths. Banning DDT killed more people than Hitler.
These nut-jobs, who have been trying for years now to overturn Silent Spring, are fast becoming hip to the idea that the winning strategy is not dead African children but rather America's bugbitten! (link) The Exterminator lobby is ready to seize the moment as well (link). Scroll through the comments from this recent Gothomist post on bedbug rage - this DDT thing definitely has legs! (link).
As for me, I'm thinking of picking some up when I go to China next month. Why wait?