What the Bed Bug Outbreak Teaches Us

civilwarmedicine5civilwarGenerating news coverage and reports of pest related drama are all sorts of natural events. Throughout the years, the different historical perspectives, insights and discoveries about everything from the plague to the American civil war have involved pests and their management.

Diseases, medical procedures and the manner in which we culturally adapt to handle other humans have all been influenced by the pests around us. And yet, the news coverage which highlights the lives, the inner workings, and the capabilities of the insects and pests around us is few and far between.

Deep within the bed bug epidemic was a great deal of fear, and the news coverage which surrounded the entire event helped to heighten the public understanding of the bed bug and the way in which it interacts with its environment. General people who are not a part of the pest control industry did not have a foundation upon which to understand the creature, so they were at a loss as to how to treat it.

What does it all mean for the long-run?

7721The difference in the long term is significant. While the initial outbreak heralded a wave of fear throughout many metropolitan areas, there was an immediate response based in knowledge and scientific fact. Educating the public was the media’s first concern. There was a feeling of care and comfort in the amount of information available.

In short, the situation was handled with mankind’s best weapon: thought.

Pests are frightening, and since they are so unknown, can seem like a difficult battle to fight. In fact, their resilience is testament to mankind’s advances in technology over the years, and their ability to bounce back is a way to measure the methods man has used to attempt to eliminate insect forefathers. The evolutionary process that gives the bed bug its tenacity is as much a testament to human kind’s abilities as it is to the genetic code of the first lonely bed bug.

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