Thanks a pantload, Ruling Class!
But why are bed bugs back? Though they’ve been sucking humans’ blood since at least ancient Greece, bed bugs became virtually extinct in America following the invention of pesticide DDT.
There were almost no bed bugs in the United States between World War II and the mid-1990s.
Around when bed bugs started their resurgence, Congress passed a major pesticides law in 1996 and the Clinton EPA banned several classes of chemicals that had been effective bed bug killers.
The debate isn’t over long-banned DDT, since modern bed bugs have developed a tolerance for that chemical. But in the pre-1996 regime, experts say, bed bugs were “collateral damage” from broader and more aggressive use of now-banned pesticides like Malathion and Propoxur.
Now some health officials are clamoring to bring those chemicals back to help solve the bed bug “emergency.” Meanwhile, EPA bureaucrats have downplayed the idea and environmentalists are pushing hard against the effort, citing safety concerns.
Hey, it’s for your own good, you itchy, sleep-deprived serfs. Apparently, Ohio’s Democrat Socialist governor begged his co-religionists — and our masters — at the Royal EPA to lighten up on the bureaucratic overreach and relax the restrictions on proven bedbug killing chemicals, at least temporarily. The response: how about some cake, peasants (PDF link)?
EPA staff have reviewed Ohio’s emergency exemption request for the pesticide active ingredient, propoxur. Although EPA recognizes the severe and urgent challenges that Ohio is facing from bed bugs, the results of the risk assessment do not support the necessary safety findings as required by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) and the Federal Insecticide, (FIFRA).
Of course, the claimed “dangers” of those chemicals that actually do work, undoubtedly grotesquely exaggerated by enviro-whackjobs so as to get more power into the hands of the Progressivist types best suited to using it, are disputed.
Fret not, though: the experts, who know waaay more than you do in case you were wondering, are forming a blue-ribbon panel to study the matter. They’ll get back to you in a decade or three when they decide what’s best. In the meanwhile, scratching yourself and cursing the Almighty State are still legal. For now.