2005 November 27 Sunday
Bedbugs Yet Another Problem Caused By Immigration

Really, I'm not making this up. The Gray Lady says so. Immigrants from less developed countries are causing a bedbug epidemic in New York City.

"It's becoming an epidemic," said Jeffrey Eisenberg, the owner of Pest Away Exterminating, an Upper West Side business that receives about 125 bedbug calls a week, compared with just a handful five years ago. "People are being tortured, and so am I. I spend half my day talking to hysterical people about bedbugs."

Last year the city logged 377 bedbug violations, up from just 2 in 2002 and 16 in 2003. Since July, there have been 449. "It's definitely a fast-emerging problem," said Carol Abrams, spokeswoman for the city housing agency.

In the bedbug resurgence, entomologists and exterminators blame increased immigration from the developing world, the advent of cheap international travel and the recent banning of powerful pesticides. Other culprits include the recycled mattress industry and those thrifty New Yorkers who revel in the discovery of a free sofa on the sidewalk.

This may sound funny. But extermination costs $300.00 per room and sometimes repeated applications of 4 different chemicals are necessary. Plus, extermination is highly time consuming with the need to put most clothes and other materials in plastic bags. Black market DDT anyone?

Immigration also brings tuberculosis and other diseases.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 November 27 01:10 PM  Immigration Societal Decay


Comments
Invisible Scientist said at November 27, 2005 2:55 PM:

Once again, it is not the immigration that is destroying the United States, but the lack of quality. Most Americans are the descendents of immigrants, what we need to do is to change the laws so that only the most educated (and educable) people can immigrate, regarless of family ties. Also change the laws to give immediate citizenship to all people with IQ over 140.

John S Bolton said at November 27, 2005 4:28 PM:

That requirement might be too high, and simultaneously perhaps too low in terms of language knowledge, etc. When offcials fail to control immigration, as of illegals, there is no screening, and there is no end of pathogens which can exploit openness like that. Minimum standards are important; there is grave immorality in officials failing to act in defense of these relative to foreigners who heedlessly bring these things in. American standards are important; janitorial opportunity for the third world is of infinitesimal value in comparison to these.

Ivan Kirigin said at November 27, 2005 4:59 PM:

How are more cases of a pest a problem of immigration?

What if there suddenly started to be greater demand for translators between French and English? Imagine that government would also have to pay the price. How is that possibly a reason to limit immigration?

Taxed welfare rolls & ERs are a problem. Increases in crime (most likely related to the drug war) are a problem.

Your argument is stronger if not everything is related to your argument. Immigration is no exception.

Mac said at November 27, 2005 6:12 PM:

My sister has bedbug problems in Ecuador. She never thought she'd encounter them up here.

John S Bolton said at November 27, 2005 11:55 PM:

"More cases of a pest" are a "problem of immigration", when we would not have had that problem, but for the antimerit immigration. Their foreign derivation is, morally, altogether to the point; since our officials had the responsbility to prevent foreign evils from multiplying here. Officials are to blame because they valued openness to reduction of standards above the public health. Some immigrants are also to blame because they valued their freedom to impose costs on others, more than Americans' freedom from aggression.

Ivan Kirigin said at November 28, 2005 6:28 AM:

"Some immigrants are also to blame because they valued their freedom to impose costs on others."

Right. Those immigrants _wanted_ to bring in the pests. Many arguments made here about immigration make sense. This one doesn't.

Kenelm Digby said at November 28, 2005 7:12 AM:

Bed-Bugs....Third World immigrants...The perfect analogy, the microcosm and the macrocosm united!

Kurt said at November 28, 2005 10:18 AM:

My wife, who is Japanese, had to go through a process that included medical screening (for TB, HIV, and the like) in order to get a permanent residency visa for the U.S. Even though this was a pain in the rear and rather expensive, I thought it reasonable. What irritates me is that someone coming from Japan (which is just as clean and developed as the U.S.) has to go through this process and, yet, the people south of the border don't have to. I think this is unreasonable and should be stopped.

John S Bolton said at November 28, 2005 9:06 PM:

It should be; it is a betrayal of those who had to pay and otherwise suffer, to raise the standards and maintain them. Responding to Kirigin's point about immigrants not wanting to spread bad things like these; responsiblity doesn't vanish just because someone prefers to be negligent. We can't keep multiplying these classes which can't be blamed for what they do wrong; the result is the destruction of standards all the way down to the squalor of the places that immigrants come from. What about loyalty to civilization; how can people with any morals want America to become more like Libya, Syria or the Congo, and take scientific publications per million down to the level of those countries (99+% down), for example? The loyalty to the foreigner has another side; disloyalty to those to whom we should be loyal when they're attacked by such foreigners as need public help and can't be blamed for anything.

Invisble Scientist said at November 29, 2005 8:56 AM:

It must be noted that according to a television interview, some high profile pest control companies are hired to take care of the insect problems in New York, and these companies are very happy that the problem got so much worse. In that sense, these companies are very glad that whoever is causing the problem is doing so (whether they are Aryan immigrants who are proud members of the white race, or Libyan immigrants from Africa, as long as they are causing insects to provoke panic in New York, this is profitable.)

Also, the private jail companies are also happy that the new wave of immigrants are causing so many crimes.

Similary, the defense companies must have caused a stealth champagne shortage when the 9/11 event occurred.

Big Bill said at November 30, 2005 9:15 AM:

Ivan says:

"What if there suddenly started to be greater demand for translators between French and English? Imagine that government would also have to pay the price. How is that possibly a reason to limit immigration?"

First, Ivan, French translators is a code phrase for "illegal Haitian immigration". Translators are social costs imposed on society by illegal immigration, Ivan. Like air pollution from factories.

Second, Ivan, the very communities we are trying to assimilate typically provide the very translators we need, and many of them lie like a rug to protect their own kind, translating as good words the bad words they actually speak. ***

Third, Ivan, I note you do not call for Russian translators. I figure it isn't accidental. If you live in America I figure you are a Russian Jew who would not live in your national homeland, Israel and moved here instead. Yet you do not call for Russian translators. Why? Because as a Jew you are smarter than the average immigrant and learn English right away. Haitians don't. Mexicans don't. Central American DAABOR Indians don't. Hell, many of the illegal alien Indians have not even learned to speak Spanish, and they were supposedly conquered by the Spanish four hundred and fifty years ago!

The need for translators in any numbers whatsoever is an indication of failed immigration and lack of assimilation and a portent of future problems.

*** By the way, there is a wonderful exhibit at the Ellis Island immigration museum in New York harbor. The exhibit includes a recorded story of an Eastern European Jewish woman who was hired to work at Ellis island screening Jews who were immigrating to America.

She explains how she would trick her English-only bosses into accepting illiterate Jews against the rules. She would hand the Jewish immigrants a chart to read, and (in their foreign language) would ask them if they could read. If they couldn't read, she would tell them to just recite some prayer or story in their language while scanning the chart with their eyes pretending to read. When her bosses would ask her if they read the chart correctly she would say "yes" and they would be admitted.

This little recorded story shocked me, but was presented by the museum without comment, and likely because such race loyal immigration fraud was extremely common.

I respect her race loyalty. I also expect the same lying and fraud from any foreign national who is employed as an interpreter or translator.

anon said at November 30, 2005 11:39 AM:

"But extermination costs $300.00 per room and sometimes repeated applications of 4 different chemicals are necessary"

Your cost estimate is low. People throw out a lot of their stuff: bedding, electronics, etc... A single treatment doesn't do it.

anon said at November 30, 2005 11:42 AM:

The guy quoted in the article, Andy Linares, uses immigrant workers and prefers cash payment.
For what it's worth.

Tom Beckett said at September 25, 2010 3:37 PM:

Please don't forget ... bedbugs bring badly needed jobs and add to our cultural mosaic
by improving diversity. Stop hating them.

Eddie said at November 18, 2013 3:23 AM:

MOST OF THE BED BUGS INFESTATION COMES FROM INDIAN and EUROPEAN TRAVELERS. YOU DON'T SEE THESE BUGS IN LATIN AMERICA- BUT YOU DO SEE THEM IN EUROPE AND PARTS OF ASIA. TRUST ME-- I'VE TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD.

John robins said at July 24, 2015 11:32 PM:

Work on the Mexican broader for a day or two you will see the the majority of illegals that get apprehended are infested with bed bugs and other diseases. Do not be fooled bypeople telling you it's not true it is. Our own government officials in the US have boarder workers sign documents not to disclose the heath problems we see.
Bed bugs and other third world diseases you here about in the news which were eradicated in the us decades ago are on the increase. Soon there will be a pandemic because of illegals conning to this country

John robins said at July 24, 2015 11:34 PM:

Work on the Mexican broader for a day or two you will see the the majority of illegals that get apprehended are infested with bed bugs and other diseases. Do not be fooled bypeople telling you it's not true it is. Our own government officials in the US have boarder workers sign documents not to disclose the heath problems we see.
Bed bugs and other third world diseases you here about in the news which were eradicated in the us decades ago are on the increase. Soon there will be a pandemic because of illegals conning to this country


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