If bugs make you squeamish, we’ve got bad news. The much-hated bed bug may be becoming more resistant to pesticides used to kill them, ABC News reports.
Chemicals are losing the bed bug battle
The standard bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is usually resistant to many chemicals used to kill them. Now those bugs are able to live through being exposed to insecticides that had been successful.
Bifenthrin and chlorfenapyr were used on bed bugs from Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and other states.
A quarter of the bugs exposed to bifenthrin survived. Many also survived being exposed to chlorfenapyr, Time reports.
But all hope isn’t lost when battling bugs.
Experts point that while the Cimex lectularius survived the poisons, other types of bed bugs succumbed to the chemicals.
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So what can you do to protect yourself, your family and your home from the invaders?
The study, which appeared in the Journal of Economic Entomology, says a multi-front approach will help: using the pesticides, but also taking steps like setting traps and encasing mattresses. Scientists also remind people to be careful and alert when visiting hotels to keep the pests out of your home.