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Tropical bedbugs back in Florida after 60 years

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  1. No More Bites

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Nov 13 2016 9:18:44

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    The tropical bedbugs were found in a home in Brevard County, according to researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. They reported their findings in the journal Florida Entomologist.

    So far, this is the only confirmed case of tropical bedbugs in Florida, but the scientists think these bugs are present in other parts of Florida and other Southern states.

  2. loubugs

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    Posted 2 years ago
    Sun Nov 13 2016 10:10:03

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    There are older records of Cimex hemipterus occurring in FL, so it's just resurfaced. Obviously not as common as C. lectularius. It's possible that the tropical bed bug had been seen earlier in the last 5-10 (or more) years and was simply misidentified by those who found it in the home. Remember that the common bed bug was thought to have been eradicated, but was only in low numbers and not in very many places in the US back in the late 1970s and early 80s.

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