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Volume 18 No. 3 • July 2015

We’re still waiting to hear about disappearing bedbugs

EPA Releases Draft Plan to Control Bedbugs
Following the First National Bed Bug Summit

As reported in the Sept. 9, 2013 Chemical & Engineering News. As of that date, the article says, the federal government announced a draft plan putting itself on top of the bed bug problem, so relax, we can assume that by now everything is under control. Everything except that taxes keep going up because, hey, Bed Bug Summits cost money, don’t you know.

Admitting from the start that bedbugs can be a health problem, carrying allergens for example, one wonders whether the federals simply have too much money to spend when they are developing a national plan to control bedbugs that included representatives from EPA, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Departments of Defense, Housing & Urban Development, and Agriculture. The Department of Defense?? Oh, don’t they have something more important to spend their budget on than fighting bedbugs? Have the bedbugs developed weapons of mass destruction or something? Can’t the military use good old DDT on infected beds? We wonder how the Department of Homeland Security feels about being left out of this proposed spendfest.

We note, first, that there is nothing in the Constitution authorizing the federals to do anything about bedbugs, though the States are not prohibited therein from doing so and presumably could, if they wanted to and had the money, do something about bedbugs and it would be Constitutional, though almost certainly expensive and ineffective.

The federals are way beyond having any concern about being authorized in the Constitution to do anything, so now we have a national plan putting a bureaucracy together for dealing with the bedbug disaster, which we imagine would be far more dangerous than bedbugs themselves, leading us to conclude that: “We have nothing to fear but the bureaucracy set up to ensure that we have nothing to fear.”

We wonder whether the group did a comprehensive survey of the hotels that participated in the national summit of bedbugs to determine how many bedbugs had also attended the summit. Did they have a representative from an ethics advisory group on whether it would be ethical to kill bedbugs with chemical weapons? Extinction is forever; therefore, consistent with the precautionary principle, we had better not take the chance that bedbugs being eliminated from the ecosystem is of no consequence.

Is There a Real Bedbug Problem and, If So, What Is It?

There IS an actual problem, however. What this is all about is that hotels are now having a serious problem with bedbugs driving away customers precisely because the EPA itself has banned nearly any insecticide that could be used to kill bedbugs. The military has the same problem because even though the military could actually tell the EPA to take their insecticide ban and shove it, the Prez won’t let them do that. No doubt he has a reason for forcing the military to comply with the EPA’s rules on the use of insecticides for killing bedbugs, but we doubt that national defense played any part in his analysis.

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