My family and I traveled over the weekend. We went to a friend's wedding in Alabama. We stayed at a hotel chain while down there.
Just before leaving I found a bedbug in my daughter's suitcase. The fall--out was immediate.
First, I had a physical reaction. Having a coworker that had come into contact with bedbugs a couple of years ago,I had done a lot of research. There is only one thing you need to know: once you get bedbugs in your house, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of them. When I found the bedbug I started to black-out. I nearly hyperventilated.
My wife calmed me down, but then as she started reading on the internet about bedbugs, her physical reaction became much the same as mine initially.
Second, we had an emotional reaction. All 3 of us (wife, daughter and myself) have gone through a range of emotions since this discovery. Anger, fear, sadness, hopelessness, resolve, and everything in between. The emotional reaction continues even now.
Third, we had a time reaction. The amount of time we have already spent trying to prevent these things from coming into the house is mind-boggling. It started the minute we came home. We took nothing in except the clothing on our backs, which we then stripped out of and threw into the washer.
All day yesterday I spent going through things. I took all of our clothing to the laundromat and washed them in hot water, and dried them on high-heat. I threw away the luggage. I put things that could go into the dryer into it on high-heat. Everything that could get wet was scalded with hot water. Everything else is still in garbage bags outside.
Fourth, money reaction. I can't tell you how much this episode has already cost me, but it continues to go up all the time.
Do some research on bedbugs, they are nasty little critters. It is like a horror movie. And the fact that they are so hard to eradicate makes them worse.
Of course, there is an answer: DDT. Of course the environwhackos are staunchly opposed to DDT because it makes eagle eggs thin. Never mind that DDT virtually rid the world of bedbugs, but also of malaria. Now that it is illegal, both malaria and bedbugs are on the rise.
Yet environmentalists are still opposed to DDT. And they wonder why so many of us view the environmentalists movement as anti-human.
BRING BACK DDT NOW!!!!
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