Below is a great video about Tim McCoy, who runs the Dodson Urban Pest Management Lab at Virginia Tech. He believes that bedbugs are an epidemic that will get worse before it gets better. McCoy’s lab is at the forefront of research on pesticide resistance and finding new control methods for bedbugs, like Diatomaceous earth.
By Scott Taylor LEWISTON — Professor James Dill got his first good groan of the day when he talked about the bedbug’s “piercing, sucking mouth part.”
The close-up picture on the screen behind him, illustrating the pest’s sharp proboscis, certainly added to the effect. A few people groaned; several laughed nervously.
And many began to [...]
An experimental poison synthesized from the bedbugs themselves plus diatomaceous earth found to aid in the bug’s extermination. [...]
The chemicals used to combat bedbugs are inadequate to completely stop the spread. Studies reveal bedbugs can now combat phyrethroid pesticides. [...]
Bedbugs have a unique sexual technique.
It’s called “Traumatic Insemination”.
The male bedbug literally stabs the female and deposits sperm in the female’s body cavity.
It’s quite indiscriminate.
The wound takes a day to heal and the female then lays eggs – about 5 – 10 a day after blood meals.
Eggs can take [...]