Bed bug War Continues; Scientists Study Bug Genome for Weaknesses

Researchers complete first genetic study to identify pesticide-resistant genes in this bothersome pest.

January 24, 2011

WOOSTER, OHIO – As the war on bed bugs wears on, scientists try to understand the invasive pests so they can kill the suckers.

Now, Ohio State University researchers have conducted the first genetic study to identify pesticide-resistant genes the bugs carry. It may lead to new ways of controlling the bugs in the future.

“Right now, these studies are still preliminary and only scratching the surface of the bedbug genome,” said Omprakash Mittapalli, Ph.D., assistant professor of entomology at Ohio Agricultural and Development Center and corresponding author of the study. “But bedbugs could be a lot more complicated than previously thought.”

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