This is a short video news segment about Dr. Dini Miller’s lab at Virginia Tech and her grad students who work on bed bug research.
What struck me most was this soundbite from Dini Miller about DNA testing of bed bug populations:
“A lot of these bed bugs are genetically connected to Eastern Europe, and if you think about when the Berlin Wall came down, and the fact that we started seeing bed bugs in this country in the 90s — in the late 90s — there’s directly a tie.”
Interesting. I don’t think I’ve heard this theory before.
It’s fun to get a glimpse into a bed bug lab and it’s always good to hear about the grad students who are currently studying bed bugs. The more researchers working on this problem, the better.
If you have bed bugs, please take the newscaster’s doom-and-gloom about how “no chemical is killing” bed bugs with a grain of salt. That’s not exactly accurate, as pest professionals do eliminate bed bugs successfully using chemical treatments — every day. It is not easy and does take knowledge and skill, but I believe most bed bug cases in the US are handled using sprays and dusts.
You can view the video on the WDBJ website if the embedded video does not display above.