bed bug biology and behaviour: the latest as at 3/10/12(3 posts)
A couple of recently published articles, important in their own way:
Armed Forces Pest Management Board
is an up-to-date, practical guide for BB control.
is another look at the problem of insecticide resistance and in this lab experiment, Potter et al. were able to increase susceptibility to deltamethrin (funded by Bayer).
I didn't particularly enjoy reading this section...
Potential to transmit human pathogens - Bed bugs have been found naturally infected with at least 40 human pathogens but have never been proven to biologically or routinely mechanically transmit any of them (Usinger 1966, Cooper and Harlan 2004, Goddard and DeShazo 2009, Cooper 2011, Doggett et al. 2012). Nonetheless, shedding of viral DNA fragments in bed bug feces and retention of hepatitis B virus through a normal molt seem to support a possibility of mechanical transmission, as when bugs are crushed onto abraded human skin (Jupp et al. 1991, Blow et al. 2001).
Yeah, don't slap a feeding BB. Diabolical!
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