Researchers have discovered that NYC bed bugs have become highly resistant to pyrethroid insecticides, particularly deltamethrin, which attacks their nervous system. If you don’t believe me take a gander at the current issue of the Journal of Medical Entomology that your teenager is reading while instant messaging his pal located in a Bulgarian suburb. This frightening conclusion of researchers suggests that bed bugs have ingeniously figured out how to outsmart the newest generation of chemicals used to destroy them since DDT was banned. Actually the NYC bed bugs just lucked out and acquired mutations in their nerve cells that stop the toxic effects of the chemicals.
The researchers have determined that the neuronal pores of NYC bed bugs are 264 times more resistant to deltamethrin when compared to Florida bed bugs (they’re wimps). Bad news for New Yorkers. NYC bed bugs are also resistant to being crushed by up to three hundred pounds of weights drop from ten meters in the air (perhaps not). Researchers also believe the resistance to pyrethroid might be wide spread across the nation.