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The case of the missing bed bug (mainstream media) stories

Now that is what I call an improvement...
In one of my previous stories I criticized the main stream media for all those stories on the web which were suggesting that DDT was a good product to be used on bed bugs. This prompted a response from a blogger, who wrote 'who is the biggest idiot, Brent Herbert or Tim Dunlop...

 http://rwdb.blogspot.com/2006/12/whos-dumber-brent-herbert-or-tim.html

The author writes,
Here we have a science blogger -- contemptuous of the non-peer reviewed writings of RWDBs -- getting his DDT information from an amateur entomologist posting to Indymedia. Herbert's posting is crap and Lambert's an idiot for linking to it.

Contrary to Herbert's claims, the MSM is hardly saturated with pro-DDT articles. A Google News search for "bed bugs" and "DDT" revealed a total of eight articles, with only one being pro-DDT.


What he wrote is true. I have done my own google news search, and found, much to my shocked surprise, that every single pro DDT story has now been pulled off the web. He reports that he found eight stories. Now only three remain, only one of which is pro-DDT. So I see that people have been busy pulling those stories, since they obviously were embarrassed by my post on Indymedia. Never let it be said that one person cannot make a difference, or that Indymedia does not matter, since apparently it does.

The author then goes on to debunk the science himself, by writing,
If bed bugs developed DDT resistance in the 1940s, they did so within two and a half years. DDT only came into general use after World War II, with the government's house spraying program starting in July 1947. (Resistance to alternatives developing much less quickly; over nearly a half century.) Herbert offers no proof that resistance was already a problem in the 1940s or that resistance rendered DDT nearly ineffective by the 1960s.


The author can find the evidence in my citation of the scientific survey of bed bug resistance to pesticides by the University of Kentucky. Somehow he missed that part. It is also true that bed bugs can develop resistance to pesticides in just a few years, as the experience in Tanzania shows, where after several years, bed bugs became resistant to the pesticides used in anti-Malarial bed nets.

 link to www.scidev.net
A recent study carried out in Tanzania, however, whose results are published in the a recent issue of the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology, has found that bedbugs are developing resistance to the insecticide in villages where treated bednets have been in use for several years.