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As Bed Bug Populations Spread Throughout The US, Scientists Release New Research On Their Biology And Behavior

From the 7 December 2011 Medical News Today article

New research on the bed bug’s ability to withstand the genetic bottleneck of inbreeding, announced at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) annual meeting, provides new clues to explain the rapidly growing problem of bed bugs across the United States and globally. After mostly disappearing in the US in the 1950s, the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has reappeared with a vengeance over the past decade. These stubborn pests have developed a resistance to the insecticides, known as pyrethroids, commonly used against them.

[The article goes on to summarize findings about how they develop new infestations through inbreeding, insecticide resistance and building better detectors and traps]

December 7, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Public Health |

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