Cimicid Remains Found in Oregon Caves are Oldest Ever Found

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A cave in southern Oregon that is the site of some the oldest preserved evidence of human activity in North America was also once home to not-too-distant cousins of the common bed bug. In research published this week in the Journal of Medical Entomology, a pair of archaeologists describe remains found in caves near Paisley, […]

Some Bed Bugs Are Better Climbers Than Others

tropical bed bugs climbing wall

Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others. In a study published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, a research team led by Dae-Yun Kim at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, has shown […]

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

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

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 […]