14 Apr 2016

Bed bugs are winning the war against humans

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:34 pm on 14 April 2016

There’s a war raging in beds around the world. It’s an arms race between humans and bed bugs – and the creatures that feast on our blood that are winning.

Bed bugs  – or cimex lectularius – are growing increasingly resistant to the pesticides we use to try and exterminate them. David Lilly, a Phd student from the University of Sydney, tested hundreds of bugs at a Parramatta home and discovered that they have adapted to the chemical arsenal we throw at them by developing a thicker outer shell that is much harder for the insecticide to penetrate.

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