Bugs

The fleas are tenacious this year. The youngest cat in the household has an allergy to flea bites and he has been miserable with them, but no one’s having an easy time of it. Standard treatments become ineffective as generation after generation of ever-hardier bugs develop resistance to drops, collars, and oral treatments. We’re all scrubbing our floors and upholstery with Dawn dish-washing liquid and hoping for the best.

In her book Deep Creek author Pam Houston writes about the decimation of the western forests by the pine beetle in the 90’s and the spruce bark beetle in the ’00’s, leaving entire mountainsides covered with standing kindling just waiting for a bolt of lightning or an untended campfire. And just this morning I saw this article in the NY Times about antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are transforming what was once a vexing but easily treated infection into something life-threatening.

Here’s my takeaway: it won’t be fire or ice that does us in. It won’t be nukes, it won’t be an asteroid. It’s going to be the bugs.

2 thoughts on “Bugs

  1. Dorothy

    Tried food grade diatomaceous earth, aka fossil shell flour? It’s what I use (in Canada) for bug infestations of many kinds. Just don’t let the dust get into pets’ (or your) eyes or noses. I hope you can find some. Here’s one link:
    http://www.perma-guard.com/distributorlocator

    1. We’ve had success with DE in other situations, and thanks for reminding me. I think the combination of a too warm winter and a too wet spring has just unleashed bug apocalypse on us along the Ohio River.

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