Time Magazine Reports that Bed Bugs are Inbreeding and Become More Resistant to Pesticides

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Submitted by BedBug Central on Wed, 2011-12-07 13:24
By now, we are all aware that bed bugs are everywhere. According to a recent article by Time Magazine, bed bugs are becoming even stronger because they are able to inbreed. There are very few other insect species capable of this, and because of the tiny blood-suckers ability to inbreed, they are become more resistant to pesticides.

Dr. Coby Schal, a professor of entomology at North Carolina State University, presented his findings on bed bug inbreeding at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference in Philadelphia.

"But some colonizing species such as bed bugs are resistant to inbreeding depression because they have little opportunity to breed with other populations that might be some distance away — bed bugs can't fly — so they've evolved the ability to withstand extensive inbreeding without deleterious effects."– Excerpt from Dr. Schal, Time Magazine
According to the article, the ability for bed bugs to inbreed only serves to spread their chemical resistance to pesticides. In summary, detecting and dispatching bed bugs as early as possible from the infestation will keep them from spreading and reproducing further.

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