Bed Bugs Getting Stronger as a Result of Our Attempts To Kill Them: Check Your Bed, Scratch Your Head
First we hear that bed bugs are invading Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills. Now comes news that they're the new roaches -- as in, they won't die, no matter how much you gas them.
In fact, one of the reasons the critters are in the news, besides the fact that a certain L.A.-based mattress retailer has used their very existence as a reason to buy a new bed, is that they've seen a resurgence as a result of their resistance to pesticides.
In other words, what doesn't kill them only makes them get all cozy under your sheets.
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This according to an Ohio State University study published this week here.
(And here we were thinking bed-bug phobia was a triumph of marketing).
The eggheads state that " ... Resistance of C. lectularius to insecticides/pesticides is one factor thought to be involved in its sudden resurgence."
Looks like we created another monster in bed and, no, we're not talking about Bai Ling.
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