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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
A recent survey examines the increase in bed infestations in Canada. Abell Pest Control commissioned COMPASS Research to survey 67 Canadian public health inspectors about bed bugs. Over the past three years, reports of bed bug infestations rose anywhere from 20 to 50 percent, with an average of 8 percent per year. Needless to say, […]
Recently the Federal Trade Commission fined two companies making false claims about cedar oil eradicating bed bugs. And, in our opinion, it’s about time. Battling bed bugs is extremely stressful and the last thing you need is an unethical company selling you a product that doesn’t work. Unfortunately there is all too much of that […]
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 […]
Terminix recently released a new bed bug city ranking, which shows cities with the greatest increase in bed bug activity. These are not necessarily cities with the largest bed bug problems (which other surveys by Terminix and Orkin purport to show). Rather these are the cities with the greatest rate of increase in bed bugs. […]
Recently, Rutgers University tested many of the over-the-counter natural bed bug pesticides on the market that are heavily marketed to consumers. The full report is here. Do these natural pesticides work? Most do not. And the couple that are effective, were only proven to work when sprayed directly on the bed bugs, which has very […]
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 […]
When I first got bed bugs, one friend suggested: “Fog the s*** out of your apartment!” It’s what many people think to do when they get any sort of pest problem. But as far as bed bugs go, it is very bad advice. Study Shows Foggers to be Ineffective Entomologists Susan C. Jones and […]