While burn bans may control some kinds of wildfires, evidently there’s no ban that will control the wildfire of a rumor. Winds of fear fan the flames, and before you know it, the entire county is engulfed.
One amazing characteristic of a rumor is that attempts to defuse it only seem to make it spread.
Library director Ron Critchfield’s reasoned responses to the rumors of bedbugs in the DVD collection seem futile in the face of one picture on the Internet.
Fear is fueled by imagination, and I will confess that bedbugs have me a little skittish. Just the thought of tiny bugs that feed on human blood sounds Star Trek scary to me. I do travel some, and I sometimes have guests in my home, so the fear of bedbugs is not completely irrational.
It’s enough to make one long for the days when bedbugs were the ones fearful of powerful insecticides like DDT. There are moments when I’d almost accept the risk of a disease of my own to get rid of insects. I don’t have much confidence in “green” products. It would be like attacking Godzilla with a BB gun.