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New research may shed light on how to get rid of bed bugs
With the sudden resurgence of bed bug infestations popping up not only in New York but all over the United States, many are wondering “What does it take to kill bed bugs and keep them away?” New research has discovered that the new strain of bed bugs is actually resisting many of today’s bed bug insecticides.
People may be relying too much on using these, no longer effective, insecticides to get rid of bed bugs instead of taking preventative measures such as using bed bug proof encasements. The research, published on PLos One this Wednesday, uncovered the underlying genetic mechanism that bed bugs use to withstand many of the common pyrethroids, like deltamethrin and beta-cyfluthrin.
The research noted that the modern “resistant” bed bugs are over 5,000 times more resistant to detamethrin and over 100 times more resistant to beta-cyfluthrin than the older “susceptible’ strain of bed bugs. Using genetic sequencing, Adelman et. al have found that this resistance is probably due to an increase in the newer bed bugs’ metabolic resistance.
This discovery may be the key reason for the sudden return of bed bugs to the United States. Resistance is something that needs to be monitored and accounted for in order to control bed bug infestations, and this new information is the key to creating more effective products.
Read more at www. news.yahoo.com/us-researchers-study-bed-bugs-resistance-032111808.html
Bed bug infestations have been growing across the US and across the globe, and with it so have questions and fascination with bed bugs.
Opening January 8, 2011, this new exhibit at Yale’s Peabody center explores the life, evolution and medical significance of bedbugs, and other vampiric arthropods. The exhibit will include giant models of bed bugs and even footage of bed bug blood feedings (for those with strong stomachs).
This exhibit hopes to make these insects more approachable and teach people how to prevent bed bugs as well as how to deal with bites from different insects.
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It is a common accepted practice for people to return mattresses to stores if they do not fit the comfort they desire.
That reason for mattress returns is being replaced at some stores due to fear of bed bugs in mattresses. At least two Canadian mattress retailers have scrapped their comfort-exchange programs, pointing to escalating infestations of bed bugs in Canada as the primary reason.
Jordanna Caine, president of Simmons Mattress Gallery stores in Nova Scotia, said customers over the past year have become increasingly concerned with returned merchandise, as reports of bed bugs invading Canadian and American homes spread. Although the insect has not been detected in the company’s mattresses, exchanges of previously slept-on beds were halted earlier this month. “It’s clearly a concern for people,” she said. “Obviously, we don’t want to put our warehouse, our trucks, and our customers at risk.”
Eliminating mattress exchanges is one of a many tactics being used to combat bedbugs. Many factors have made getting rid of bed bugs a difficult task.
Although Health Canada does not keep record of bedbug infestations, bed bugs have affected provinces across the country. Ontario recently committed $5-million to help public health agencies tackle the problem, while Manitoba is drafting a bed bug strategy. Bed bugs have been detected in low rent buildings as well as high-end hotels. In northern Saskatchewan last November, they were detected in a hospital, prompting a major cleanup and weeks of monitoring.
In the United States, bed bugs have been the subject of two government-organized summits, the latest one held in Washington last month. And, the bed bug problem is expected to worsen! A recent Ohio State University Study found that the bug’s numbers of bedbugs in North America have increased as much as 500% in the past decade, costing businesses and home owners billions of dollars annually to deal with the outbreaks. Recently, there has been an urgent call to keep bed bugs in mind when initiating new policies and practices, locally and globally. But is eliminating mattress exchanges the right move? Whether the answer is yes or no, prevention and early detection are key. It may be possible for used mattresses to be treated with steam or covered in entomologist approved Securesleep™ bug-proof encasements.