Entries by Tyler Johnson

Inside Bed Bug Saliva: Pain Killers, Vasodilators, Anticoagulants

Ever wonder how bed bugs can bite without waking us up?  It’s in their saliva. Or more accurately the proteins in their saliva (technically called “sialomes”), which contain anesthetics to numb the pain associated with the bite. There are also other proteins in bed bug saliva that dilate the blood vessel (vasodilators) and anti-clotting agents […]

Bed Bugs’ Genes Resist Pyrethroid Pesticides

At a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), research was presented about bed bugs’ unique genetic defenses to common pyrethroid based pesticides. Pyrethroid based pesticides are the most common pesticides used. And for quite some time, there have been many reports of real world (as opposed to laboratory grown) bed bug populations which […]

Geek Alert! The Microbiome of the Bed Bug!

For all of you science geeks, here’s an interesting research paper on the mircobiome of the bed bug. (“Microbiome” refers to the community of microorganisms which live on and in an animal.) It turns out 97% of the microbial community on bed bugs consists of two proteobacteria, one of which apparently aids in fertility through […]

Bed Bug Mobility

Here are some interesting and useful facts about bed bug mobility: What Bed Bugs Can and Cannot Climb Bed bugs can climb surfaces with texture very well. Wood, paper, cardboard, fabric, typical home walls–bed bugs can climb these easily. Bed bugs have difficulty climbing slick, non-porous surfaces.  Slick metal, plastic, glass or ceramic are very […]

Progress Against Bed Bugs in NYC

We were heartened to see this article about bed bugs in New York City.  It’s still a major problem but seems to be somewhat on the decline, in large part do to better consumer education and more proactive city regulations. New York City launched an education portal about bed bugs. And new rules were put […]