Remember growing up when Bill Nye the Science Guy convinced you that every little thing about science and the life cycle was amazing?
What a load of crap.
If this “life cycle” phenomena were so amazing, how come New York City’s top-ranked connection to these blood-sucking, creepy-crawly bedbugs is about as awful as having your wisdom teeth removed (with no anesthesia) on Thanksgiving?
It’d be great if this were mutually beneficial, but these nighttime nuisances are showing one hell of a parasitic relationship with their flesh-loving addiction.
Now, if we found a “life cycle” similar to what scientists learned on farms in Mexico recently, that’d be great. Scientists found that flies keep ants in check, ants keep beetles in check, and beetles keep scale insect pests in check. Because the ants are kept in clusters and also attract the scale insects, the pest penetration is kept to a minimum. Confusing? Yes. Life cycle? Yes. Pest outbreak prevention? Yes.
The Canadian Press reported something far easier to understand. Essentially, farmers are bringing in birds that are “eating insects and small mammals, and destroying weed seeds.” Confusing? No. Life cycle? Yes. Pest outbreak prevention? Yes.
The Boston Globe recently reported on the ascendance of Homo sapiens by giving kudos to our relationship with animals, which allows us “to be better hunters, to kill off household pests, and protect homes against intruders.” Confusing? No. Life cycle? Somewhat. Pest outbreak prevention? Yes.
Now if only there were a way to get rid of bedbugs without bringing the animals home. That’d be the day.