A team of scientists from Ohio State University conducted a gene study on bed bugs, reporting that some bed bug populations have evolved. Certain bed bugs can survive 1,000 times the amount of pesticides that would have killed a traditional one. It was orginally thought that a DNA mutation had made the bed bugs resistant to many pesticides, but the study findings suggest that many genes may have helped the bed bug adapt to commonly used pesticides, such as pyrethroids.The findings are just the first step in developing new control strategies in the battle of the bed bug. For the full study in the PLoS One Journal click here.
Posted by USBedBugs.com on 1/28/2011