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.
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 [...]
The bedbug Cimex lentularis has been a companion of man for centuries. There are other several species known to bite man. Most of these others are associates with bats or swallows and other birds and are found in nests in attics and eaves of homes. If the nests are abandoned, the bedbugs may enter the [...]
Bedbug eggs are a survival capsule.
Pesticides have less effect on bedbug eggs. Their capsule protects the eggs from pesticides.
Bedbugs can emerge after spraying when the pesticide residues are less effective.
Pesticide spraying may provide short term results. They are designed to lose toxicity fast.
Adults & nymphs sprayed on contact [...]
Bedbugs Worst Enemy
For control of bedbugs, fleas, ticks, mites and other pests — consider heat remediation. No control is expensive.
Bedbugs are very sensitive to heat and will die if heated to 120 + degrees F.
Heat has been used to treat stored food pests for some time.
Heat can be an effective [...]