‘Super bed bugs’ becoming widespread problem as pests develop resistance to overused insecticides

Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Saturday, February 27, 2016

A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology is the first to confirm bed bugs’ resistance to the insecticides which are designed to banish the annoying parasites. The finding suggests that insecticide overuse is responsible for the resistance, causing people to question if they’re truly getting their money’s worth when they set out to destroy them. Of course, it also goes without saying that the finding reinforces the hazards of such chemical reliance, shedding even more light on the problems that can result.(1)

All the more reason for society to step back from its collective dependency on trying to spray, fog, mist and spritz its problems away.

For the study, researchers gathered bed bugs from homes in Cincinnati and Michigan, then subjected them to four kinds of neonicotinoids (or neonics): acetamiprid, dinotefuran, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. They also used such chemicals on a bed bug colony that hadn’t been exposed to insecticides for over three decades, and exposed a pyrethroid-resistant bed bug population from Jersey City, New Jersey to the same chemicals. The Jersey City group of bed bugs had not been exposed to neonics since 2008.(1)

The results are in: Bed bugs showing significant resistance to neonics

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