Reply Wed 6 Oct, 2010 06:20 am
Then again if yuppies being torn up by bed-bugs doesn't bring DDT back, this might:

http://news.opb.org/article/14656-rare-case-bubonic-plague-shows-lake-county/

Quote:

State health officials say a woman in Lake County has been diagnosed with bubonic plague.

It’s the first diagnosis in Oregon in 15 years. The disease terrorized Europe’s population more than 600 years ago, but the plague is treatable when caught early.

The plague is extremely rare these days. It’s a bacterial infection carried by rodents, and is transmitted to humans though fleas.

Dr. Emilio DeBess is the public health veterinarian and an epidemiologist with Oregon Department of Human Services.

He says the disease, once known as the Black Death got somewhat of a bad rap after killing off a third of Europe’s population in the 1300s....


You don't say...

Plague in California is mainly related to ground squirrels. Dusting burrows with DDT eliminates the problem; anything else they've ever tried has turned out to be wishful thinking.
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Reply Wed 6 Oct, 2010 12:40 pm
Boric acid would be at least as effective, and not nearly as toxic.
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 08:53 am
Sorry, but that's BULLSHIT...

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSNz39XqMUPRsVars1Md2MUB0PDeWRwXY_DL425jXLQU7uDO7I&t=1&usg=__Z-cQRTqhibq6-ieusfFIToLJQqg=

Boric acid only kills insects which EAT it.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 08:54 am
And if yuppies being eaten by bed bugs doesn't bring DDT back, the black death just might:

http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-plague-kills-prairie-dogs-txt,0,629299.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+kdvr-news+(KDVR+-+Local+News)
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 09:34 am
@gungasnake,
Boric acid is abrasive to their exoskeletons, and it desiccates their bodies.

Diatomaceous earth works in a similar fashion.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 09:43 am
@InfraBlue,
If it could have ever helped in the case of ground squirrels and fleas, there wouldn't be a problem.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 10:15 am
@gungasnake,
That's merely an assumption.
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