Study: Pesticides not enough to exterminate bedbugs

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It may be even more difficult to sleep tight and not let the bedbugs bite, according to a new study that shows the common methods to eradicate the pests may all be for naught.

The Journal of Economic Entomology published the study which revealed that bedbugs have shown high resistance to insecticides and pesticides that exterminators use to combat them. Even the newer chemicals that have been used have not had much effect on the insects.

Ten different populations of bedbugs nationwide were tested against a control group that was susceptible to insecticide. The research conducted resulted in a much higher amount of insecticide needed to exterminate the bedbugs not in the control group and they also lasted longer after exposure.

Recommendations are to do frequent inspections to detect bedbugs early on before an infestation occurs and combine the use of pesticides with other preventive methods such as physical removal, steams, traps and mattress encasement.

H/T: ABC News

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