I’ve been busy doing laundry. My son just came home from 6th grade camp, with smelly bags full of wet clothes, sleeping bags, and torn plastic bags that were used to keep everything neat and tidy. There was also a flier about bedbug infestation, hot water, hot dryers and suffocation for the non-washables for 15 days. All bags have been outside on the patio, where I literally, gather a load, and run it into the open washer as quickly as I can.
The next morning he was off back to the same bedbug infested city for a soccer camp.
My question is this: If bedbugs are developing a resistance to all of those toxic chemical bug sprays, why don’t they just use old-fashioned Boric Acid Powder instead? Or, more importantly, and easily, why not sprinkle the beds with Diatomaceous Earth, (not to be confused with the kind used in swimming pool filters). It is a mineral dust mined from quarries. It’s a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Its’ odorless, and poison free to humans. DE kills the insects when they come in contact with it. To insects, DE is a lethal dust with microscopic razor sharp edges. These sharp edges cut through the insect’s protective covering drying it out and killing them when they march through the powder. If they ingest DE, it will shred their insides. There’s no odor, kills all insects, and is impossible to develop an immunity to the stuff. Does wonders for fruit flies.