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Boing Boing has a picture of a “Disney-logoed DDT-impregnated wallpaper for the kids’ room” c. 1947.
Time to put away the old DDT nostalgia. This should be the last DDT post. I should have ended on the good stuff, but apparently can’t leave well enough alone.
A DDT study that isn’t 50 years old: Susceptibility levels for the adult bed-bug, Cimex lectularius, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais – Brazil, to DDT, were determined during the period 1985 to 1986. The test results showed that a 4% … Continue reading
“NEW YORK THIS SUMMER HAD PLAGUE OF BEDBUGS,” the St. Petersburg Times, October 10, 1944:
We write about DDT altogether too much here, all because once upon a time, all too briefly, it killed bed bugs dead. The mystique naturally persists.
A recent article in the Journal of Medical Entomology finds deltamethrin resistance in a New York City bed bug population:
The documentary The Greatest Generation and the Modern Pesticide Revolution. Dr. John Osmun recalls his service days as the entomologist on post at Camp Gordon in Georgia during WWII. Continue reading
The long history of bed bug resistance to DDT. Continue reading
Something that we want to get out of the way at the outset, though, because it hovers over every news report and clouds every discussion of what we as a society must do about bed bugs, old DDT. Continue reading