Genetics Explain How Bedbugs Infest a Building--or a Country(3 posts)
I had always said that my infestation had arisen from within my apartment building. This Scientific American article would seem to support that.
Inbreeding may also help explain why some populations don't grow greatly in numbers, as inbreeding can produce eggs that are infertile, even as a building-wide infestation appears robust.
The quote by Ken Haynes that bed bugs have "shown to wander more than 2.5 meters in five minutes" is also very believable to me based on my experience.
I think the genetics study was a paper presented at the 2010 ESA meeting in San Diego, but which never got much exposure.
Thank goodness "a few scientists" are looking outside the lab for answers to this vexing problem.
That's a great article. Thanks for posting.
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