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Insect used to simply be pests that we called in exterminators to get rid of. Now they’ve invaded our food culture, working to change the diets of people across the globe. But, the insect craze is not stopping there. Their next goal is to take over the fashion world. Say hello to clothes made out of spider silk. North Face Japan and the biotech start-up Spiber have joined forces to create the first clothing made out of synthetic spider silk. They recently unveiled their first prototype garment, the Moon Parka. This new clothing is something that you might think sounds like something out of a science fiction novel.
There is a reason two companies decided to team up and create this spider silk clothing. The material is incredibly strong and durable. The Moon Parka was made with synthetic spider silk material called Qmonos developed by Spiber. While it’s not actually spider silk, the bioengineered proteins mimic the material to a tea. The Moon Parka is designed to combine the extraordinary powers of the synthetic spider silk with the design of the North Face Antarctica Parka. And it comes with a lot of perks.
Not only does this material have the added advantages that spider silk does such as being incredibly tough, almost impossible to destroy, and heat resistant, but the fact that this biological protein material can be created synthetically means it is sustainable and extremely efficient to produce. This also gives the people making it the power to regulate performance attributes such as the heat-resistance elasticity and the fineness of the fiber on the molecular level, meaning they basically have the power to create the ultimate material that is impervious to harm and still feels silky soft. This also means that they could offer customizable material based on a person’s preference for things like how soft they want the material to be. The possibilities are endless!
How could the development of a super strong, sustainable, and customizable material like this effect the entire clothing industry?
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has noted the increased risk of acquiring bedbugs this year, and all travelers this holiday season are advised to be mindful of bedbugs. This year will see the most Americans traveling for the thanksgiving holiday since 2007. Due to this increase in travelers this year experts are predicting a spike in bedbug issues as well.
A spokesperson for the NPMA has stressed how important it is for all travelers this holiday season to be on the lookout for all signs of bedbug activity. For example, pepper-like stains on fabric are a surefire sign of a bedbug presence. It is even possible to spot old bedbug moltings that have been shed. All travelers should inspect their hotel rooms thoroughly for these signs. Sheets should be removed in order to ensure that the mattress does not show any signs of bedbug activity. And be sure to wash all clothes on high heat as an extra precaution this thanksgiving.
What are the most surefire indicators of a bedbug presence?
Bed bugs seem to be a national problem that almost every person deals with at least once in their lifetime. But it’s not like our homes came with bed bugs already living there, so how do the little pests even get into our homes in the first place?
One misconception is that homes that get infested with bed bugs must be dirty and unclean. But a home’s cleanliness and the number of stars belonging to an expensive hotel will not save them from getting bed bugs. Bed bugs are attracted our body heat and the carbon dioxide we exhale, due to their need to feed on warm-blooded animals’ blood. This is why they tend to hide and chill out where people sleep, staying by beds and focusing on mattresses, bed frames, and box springs for the most part.
An infestation of bed bugs could come from a variety of sources. One common way for bed bugs to make their way into a person’s home is by hitching a ride on an animal, your beloved pet. This is especially possible if the animal lives inside and outside. The animal might spend part of the day outside, during which bed bugs can hop on their back, surviving on animal blood until the pet comes inside for the night. The bed bugs will live off of the animal until they can make their way to a human. However, if your pet is aloud to get on your bed and sleep with you, that will definitely make their job much easier.
Another common way bed bugs are able to get into your home is when you return home after you’ve traveled. You might catch the pests while staying at a hotel, especially if you have traveled abroad to a country with minimal access to hygienic supplies. Bed bugs will stow away in your luggage, often hiding amongst your dirty clothes, where they live without sustenance just long enough to make it back to your home and settle in.
The first clue that you have a bed bug infestation is finding itchy, inflamed red patches on your skin. While they are feeding from you, the bed bug’s saliva, which contains anesthetic and anticoagulant properties, you don’t feel a thing, and so don’t notice their bites until hours later when you find the itchy, red, swollen site of the bite. The smartest thing to do at this point is to call your local pest control company and get them to take care of it.
Have you ever had to deal with a bed bug infestation? How awful was the experience, and what did it take to get rid of them for good?
Bed bugs have become such a nuisance that multiple government agencies are working together to find a solution to the bed bug epidemic. The defense department is included in this collective effort to fight bed bugs, and has its own task force to fight bed bugs called The Bed Bug Interagency Task Force.
Since an international summit of bed bug experts presented their bed bug knowledge to world leaders in 2009 there has been a global push to prevent the bed bug proliferation from getting out of hand. Since then many interesting facts have come to light. For example, a significant contributing factor to the bed bug epidemic has involved the way pesticides are used. A while back experts in the field of pest control switched to a different type of insecticide that focused more on ants and roaches than bed bugs. So during the last few decades bed bugs have proliferated due to the prolonged use of insecticides that do not kill bed bugs very well.
Which proposed method of bed bug control is the most realistic and promising?
Bed Bugs are the new hot thing being discussed among bug enthusiasts. Despite bedbug complaints becoming less numerous, bed bugs are mutating in such a way that their exoskeletons are becoming more durable.
The thicker protective coats that bed bugs are now sporting is making it more difficult for traditional insecticides to penetrate their outer layer, and as a result they are growing in numbers. A study conducted in Australia reported that the new and improved bedbug can only be killed with a cocktail that includes four different insecticides, whereas before the mutation changed their physiology, just one insecticide would normally suffice to put an end to infestations.
One suggested reason as to why bedbugs have become more resistant to traditional insecticides is because over the counter insecticides have been used with great frequency to combat bed bugs. As a result of having insecticides as a part of their environment for such a long time, bed bugs are now becoming resistant to them. For this reason a professional exterminator should be notified immediately in cases of bedbug infestation.
Have you ever experienced a bedbug infestation and could not identify the source of the infestation?
During the mid 20th century it looked as though bed bugs had seen their last days on this planet. However, the 2000s have seen a ferocious comeback of these nasty creepy-crawlies. As you likely know, bedbugs can be an expensive infestation, as bedbug victims are forced to throw away every piece of furniture and fabric that they own to ensure that their former housemates have been truly eradicated. So what happens when an individual or an entire family is renting property that is infested with bedbugs? The answer can vary, as lawyers will often be called upon to argue such bedbug cases for tenants and landlords alike.
The field of bed bug law, if you will, has become so lucrative that some lawyers have given up their previous specialties in favor of focusing solely on defending victims of bedbugs. One such lawyer has over 60 clients at the present moment, and has won cases in which his defendants were awarded sums as high as $800,000. Maybe law school is worth the price after all.
Do you know anyone that had to call in a lawyer because of a bedbug infestation? Why did they need to?