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Posted on January 20, 2011 with 11 Comments
The Wall Street Journal posted an interesting article today about bed bugs becoming immune to the products that have been used to control them. Bed bugs have been plaguing the entire Untied States, most notably the New York Metropolitan area for the last 2-3 years. These night-crawlers have been making front pages of every newspaper, as well as nightly news.
This WSJ article mentions a study that was released today by scientists at the University of Amherst. “In New York City, bedbugs now are 250 times more resistant to the standard pesticide than bedbugs in Florida, due to changes in a gene controlling the resilience of the nerve cells targeted by the insecticide, researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst recently reported.”
Since bedbugs are becoming such a widespread problem, we have seen people that have completely ridden their home of bed bugs, just to become infested with them again. Like the article mentions, natural selection will allow any living creature to become more resistant to the products that are used against them.
While we have many proven, working, treatment methods here at JP McHale Pest Management, we are always exploring more methods for bed bug control. While bed bugs have made a comeback from the 1950’s, termites have always been a challenge for our industry. Termites today can be monitored and treated effectively with the products that we are able to use. All programs that our head entomologist designs have been proven to work, and have been tested and fine-tuned with our partners in the industry.