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Thursday, September 23, 2010

On How to Fight Pesky Blood-Sucking Insects


Speaking of Summits...

We have learnt that there is one taking place in Moscow (see one previous entry on this blog) on how to exploit the untapped natural riches in the Arctic without your (their!) having to resort to territorial disputes and what not. Knock on wood, we shudder at the thought.

And there is another! A Bedbug Summit in Chicago in the great U.S.A....

If i were to be ciceroning sightseers from Mars, i would be hardpressed to tell them that this is the nature of the news floating in our airwaves and virtual outlets.

Allegorical, maybe. We live in a world where all sorts of modern vampires abound: lethal viruses that rob you of your vitality; rogue bacteria that render you powerless and skeletal; banks and their scorching interest rates (when you owe them!) render you homeless; and this one, an old enemy, a denizen of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood - Cimex lectularius - or the oh so immunized, and commonplace, bedbug that is infernalizing lives in the north of the Hemisphere.

One would have thought that the pesky insects now savvy to the deadliest chemicals, would take a hint and fade into obscurity. But no! Says the article that "the bugs hop blithely from continent to continent on clothing, carry-ons, backpacks and purses."

Are you going to squash them into oblivion?  Plop, plop!  It makes us want to be twice as careful when travelling and three times quicker on the uptake when deciding where we lay our priceless LV's, Kenneth Coles, Coaches and the like.

How to Fight a Scourge: Scenes from the Bedbug Summit

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