A recent study shows that bed bugs are becoming more resistant to common pesticides. Until now, these insects were killed by a variety of substances. However, new research shows that they have become resistant to even the most powerful substances: bifenthrin and chlorfenapyr. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.
Bed Bugs Are Getting Harder To Kill
Nobody likes to know that they have microscopic insects all over their sheets. Although these creatures were killed by DDT and other pesticides, now they are resistant to them, surviving any fumigation attempt. The research shows that some of these insects survive even the most powerful substance, creating serious problems to both the people they infest and the individuals who strive to kill them.
To conduct this research, scientists looked at 10 groups of bugs from different areas of the US. They put these bed bugs in a glass vial and then applied bifenthrin and chlorfenapyr. Even though most of them were killed by these substances, 5 groups managed to survive after they were treated with bifenthrin. Other 3 groups were still alive after the treatment with chlorfenapyr.
This shows that the bed bugs are becoming more and more resistant. While some groups might be more sensitive and easy to kill, others develop resistance to all pesticides. This is not great news for us. We have to be even more careful with these tiny crawlers.
Measures to Prevent Bed Bug Problem
“It’s much easier to control them if they are found early, [when there are only a few of them], as opposed to when they grow to number in the hundreds,” says the leader of the study
It is better to prevent than to treat. To do so, you have to take action. First of all, you need to start looking for them under luggage, in cracks on the walls and other small places. For even better protection, encase your mattress and pillows with a cover that prevents these bugs from hiding there. You also need to be careful when you travel so that you don’t bring back bed bugs from the trip.
If you already have a problem with these insects you can start vacuuming the affected areas. After that, you need to wash everything at a high temperature to kill the bugs. Use different insecticides until you find the one that kills the bugs that live in your house. Finally, if you are unable to get rid of them, call for professional help. They will know how to handle the situation. For now.
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