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Man starts fire trying to kill bedbugs, by
MOUNT CARMEL, Ohio, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Ohio said a man attempting to kill bedbugs with rubbing alcohol while smoking a cigarette sparked a fire in his apartment.Read more

Bedbugs morphing into 'super pests', scientists warn 
  • Bedbugs becoming more resistant to sprays
  • Resurgence of the bugs "an urgent situation" 
  •  Infestations increasing in Australia, the US
BLOOD-sucking bedbugs are one thousand times more resistant to common pesticides compared to a decade ago and are invading cities around the world, scientists have warned. Researchers from Ohio, US, made the surprising discovery when building a genetic map of the pests, which are about the size of an apple seed, and have warned of future infestations. "The resurgence of bed bugs poses an urgent situation as infestations are rampant globally, nationally, and locally," the researchers wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE. Resistance to chemicals designed to kill the bugs can become a permanent part of their genetic inheritance. The bugs are now also less prone to stress from heat, cold and dehydration.
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Bed Bug Summit, by Jennifer Doren
Hundreds of people joined forces in D.C. Thursday to tackle a pesky problem in our country’s bedrooms. The D.C. Department of Health hosted the nation’s second Bed Bug Summit. It was a chance for residents to learn simple ways to keep from getting bit. Knowledge can’t come soon enough. Bed bugs are being spotted not just in homes, but also on buses, in offices, schools and hosts of other public places. Those who came out for the summit were warned against..... Read the entire article

Why Bedbugs Won't Die, By ROBERT LEE HOTZ
The first comprehensive genetic study of bedbugs, the irritating pests that have enjoyed a world-wide resurgence in recent years, indicates they are quickly evolving to withstand the pesticides used to combat them....

Bed Bug Myths and Realities, By Tara MacIsaac, published in The Epoch Times
NEW YORK—Approximately one fifth of New Yorkers have grappled with bed bugs, according to Louis N. Sorkin, an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History and a bed bug specialist. Sorkin was one of six experts sitting on the Bed Bug: Myths and Realities panel at the Museum of the City of New York on Tuesday night to give the public some sound advice on how to handle the little pests crawling all over the big city.
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