Rid nits. Lice Bugs Bugging. Why do we care so much about germs and cleanliness in 2017? With a few lysol squirts and swiffer swipes, Americans believe we can rid our homes of all living microbes. First of all this is simply not not true. Secondly arthropods have been coexisting with humans ever since we started to live in manmade structures. In fact the vast majority of these critters are completely harmless, and possibly helpful, to humans. Furthermore most of these arthropods are unknown to us, unless they become classified as “pests”. As a result “pests” warrant attention from the chemical-laden pest removal industry. Most pests become resistant in 2-3 years to pesticides used to eradicate them.
Rid nits. Lice Bugs Bugging. Chasing Dirt The American Pursuit of Cleanliness by SueEllen Hoy describes the history of the pursuit of cleanliness in the United States during the last 150 years. She argues that the pursuit of cleanliness has been closely tied to class. After the Civil War Americans had a reputation for being dirty and unhealthy. Photos of dirty and unwashed people indicated poor health and being lower class. In fact during the early part of the 20th century, before running water, impoverished immigrants in large cities lived in filthy disease-infested conditions. “We see how cleanliness gradually shifted from a way to prevent disease to a way to assimilate, to become American”. In the 1950s “working men and women were taught by Madison Avenue executives how to cleanse themselves and become part of the increasingly sweatless, odorless, and successful middle class”