Just Great! Bedbugs Immune to Pesticides Now


bedbugsI would like to give a shout-out to Ohio State University and UMass Amherst for ruining my day with the most disturbing news I've heard since my co-worker told me that you poop when giving birth.

Entomologists at the two universities have discovered that your best friend and mine, Mr. Bedbug, has evolved to defeat insecticides. Oh. My. Gah.

These little buggers have started producing poison-cleansing enzymes, which basically means all our sprays, powders, and gels are becoming less and less effective in getting rid of our nightmare.

It's at this point where I'd like to remind you all out there that we were warned about this in a little-known movie called Jurassic Park. Remember Dr. Ian Malcolm? "I'm simply saying that life, uh ... finds a way."

Next thing you know, bedbugs will attack us when we're enjoying a spoonful of Jello and we'll be forced to take shelter in our stainless steel chef's kitchen and our only defense will be reflective surfaces and clamours spoons. And that's how we'll find out that they know how to open doors.

But maybe I'm over-reacting. Maybe the whole nation doesn't need to panic, it's just us New Yorkers. Why? Because oh, you know, the bedbugs here are 250 times more resistant to death than those found in the other part of the country. Criminy!

But don't get too cocky other-49-states (I'm especially looking at you California, you hotshot). All bedbugs are 1,000 times more resistant to pesticides than just 10 years ago. So ha! Maybe we all need to freak out. And it doesn't stop there:

"We have changed the genetic make-up of the bedbugs we have in the United States," said urban pest-management specialist Dini Miller at Virginia Tech. "That's what I call unnatural selection."

All right, I can't take it anymore. There is no happy ending. And now my side itches. I'm calling the mainland; tell them to send the chopper.

Photo via cuttlefish/Flickr

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Knitt... KnittinMama

I havent heard of bedbugs for years. How did they come back in such force?

lovin... lovinangels

This is what happens when people half ass insecticide. We have the same problem with lice around here...I've heard stories of people buying one bottle of lice stuff and diluting it to make it cover more kids. Well, guess what...you just bred us some super lice.

You go itch your side more, I have to go sterilize my entire house now.

sherl... sherlokke

paranoid, eh?


Ick, Ick! I hope We never have to deal with those nasty things.

sodapple sodapple

i'm paranoid as well, we don't have them but my parents had them when i was younger and whenever i see a little dot on the bed and run to see what it is. lol.

Pishyah Pishyah

They've known this for years. 

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nonmember avatar Jeff

I love your post - except I thought the kids in JP were eating ice cream? Yep, the reality of chemical-resistance is beginning to be taken seriously. But as pishyah and lovingangels mention, it's always been this way, with lice, cockroaches etc. It's a good thing, however, that life can't "find a way" to adapt to being cooked with 250 degree steam! Also, diatomaceous earth will continue to work because it physically kills them. It's like one of us trying to climb over a pile of broken glass.

maine... mainemusicmaker

We all heard the dangers of insecticide resistance....this shouldn't be news to very many people...just use the tried and true method and broil the suckers dead.  May cost more, but at least they'll be DEAD. *shudder*

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