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 […]

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 […]

Pyrethroid-resistant Bed Bugs Lay Fewer Eggs when Exposed to ActiveGuard

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Products that claim to control bed bugs have been on the market for years. Some work, and some don’t. Dr. Susan Jones, a professor of entomology at Ohio State University, knows this as well as anyone, after having tested many such products for years. While there have been some flops in the past, she and […]

Scientists Identify Pheromone for Bed Bug Traps

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The arms of Regine Gries, a biologist at Simon Fraser University, have provided blood meals for more than a thousand bed bugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to control the pesky insects. Working with SFU chemist Robert Britton and a team of […]

Bed Bugs Grow Faster in Groups

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Researchers have previously observed that certain insects — especially crickets, cockroaches, and grasshoppers — tend to grow faster when they live in groups. However, no research has ever been done on group living among bed bugs until now. A new study published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology called “Group […]

Bed Bugs can Survive Freezing Temperatures, but Cold can Still Kill Them

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Exposing bed bug-infested clothing or other small items to freezing temperatures may be a viable control option for people at risk of bed bug infestations. However, a new study has found that bed bugs may be less susceptible to freezing temperatures than previously reported. In an article in the Journal of Economic Entomology called “Cold […]