Bed Bugs are becoming harder to kill as reported by TIME magazine on April 10th 2017. A new study conducted by the Journal of Economic Entomology Experts warn that many infestation can no longer can be treated with chemicals by themselves. The common bed bug has shown a significant resistance to several different common insecticides including delthamethrin which is the most common chemical used. This raises lots of concern in regards to the treatment of bed bugs and how they react the common treatments methods we currently employ.
The University of Purdue to find out if bed bugs were developing resistances to other common insecticides tested 10 different bed bug populations from different states. The bed bugs were treated with the different chemicals for seven days. In 5 of the 10 populations they found that the bed bugs were less susceptible to bifenthrin. In those populations it meant that more than 25% of the bed bugs survived the treatment. 3 other populations also have a reduced susceptibility to chlorfenapyr another common treatment chemical.
More research is needed to figure out what chemicals will be best to treat bed bugs in the future. If you would like to read more about the research being conducted on bed bug populations read the full TIME article HERE. If your or someone you know is dealing with a bed bug problem have them contact B&B Pest Control today. At B&B Pest Control we can handle any pest problem you might have. Our dedicated team of licensed professionals has been serving the greater Boston area for over 30 years. Contact B&B Pest Control today to learn just how B&B can work for you!
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