Teaching Curriculum for Bed Bug Prevention Proves Its Worth

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When the big yellow bus arrives at school in the morning, it could be unloading more than just kids. In communities where bed bugs (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus) are present, children’s book bags are one of their favorite places to hitch a ride to a new home. Preventing this kind of spread is a core element […]

Tropical Bed Bugs Found in Florida after 60-Year Absence

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By Brittany Campbell Bed bugs have been resurging worldwide since the late 1990s and 2000s. Their bites can cause moderate to severe allergic skin reactions, and their propensity to hide in human beds and suck blood can cause several psychological problems. In the United States, there is one bed bug species that has spread nationwide […]

Adult Bed Bugs Prefer Red and Black, But Avoid Yellow and Green

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By Josh Lancette Researchers from the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln, NE wondered whether bed bugs preferred certain colors for their hiding places, so they did some testing in the lab. The tests consisted of using small tent-like harborages that were made from colored cardstock and placed in Petri dishes. A bed […]

New Research Shows How Different Strains of Bed Bugs are Able to Resist Insecticides

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By Cameron Webb The wellness industry is booming, but it’s not just people looking for the latest “detox” diet. Some of our closest parasitic foes are well ahead of us in mastering the art of detoxification. Bed bugs are one of the most loathsome of all pests that attack and bite humans. Their resurgence in […]

Study Examines Bed Bug Infestations in 2,372 Low-income Apartments in New Jersey

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By Hannah Foster “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” It’s a phrase you have probably heard countless times, though you most likely didn’t take the mildly ominous bedtime expression too seriously. But lately, this saying may be a little too true for comfort, according to Dr. Changlu Wang and his team of researchers […]

Bed Bug Genome Map May Provide Clues for Controlling Them

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An international research team has successfully mapped the genome of the bed bug (Cimex lectularius) to get a better understanding of its genetic makeup. The findings — by researchers from 36 institutions — have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The genome is sort of like the bed bug’s blueprint. Now that the scientists […]

Bed Bugs Have Developed Resistance to Neonicotinoids

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By Richard Levine An article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology is the first to report that bed bugs have developed resistance to a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, the shortened name. Neonics are the most widely used group of insecticides today, and several products have been developed for bed bug […]

Bed Bugs that Feed Are More Likely to Survive Pesticide Exposure

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By Josh Lancette Many studies have been done on how effective certain pesticides are when they are applied to bed bugs. However, most have not allowed the bed bugs to take a blood meal after being exposed to pesticides, which can change the mortality rates, according to an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology. […]

Brown Dog Ticks are Resistant to Permethrin, Study Finds

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Dogs and their owners who battle the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) sometimes go to desperate measures to control them. Brown dog ticks can complete their life cycle inside people’s homes — unlike most ticks, which spend most of their lives outside. One female brown dog tick can lay up to 5,000 eggs in its […]

French Researchers Develop New Bed Bug Collecting Device

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By Josh Lancette When I was growing up, my mom used to tell me, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” As a child this greatly concerned me. I didn’t like the thought of bugs biting me while I slept. However, she always assured me that people used to have bed bugs, […]