NYC bed bug control can be a nightmare, that’s why Dr. Joshua Benoit, Biological Sciences professor at UC, is working with a team of scientists on the International Bed Bug Genome Project. The hope? That determining the genetic makeup of the blood sucking pests will lead to an insecticide that eradicates the bed bugs once and for all.
According to the CDC, bed bugs were virtually wiped out in the 40s and 50s by DDT, later banned in the U.S. in 1972 and then worldwide in 2001 as part of the Stockholm Convention. The bothersome bugs have since developed a resistance to other alternative pesticides, returning in higher numbers. As a result, area health departments have been trying to educate citizens on NYC bed bug control measures, pointing to the importance of professional help in the event of infestations.
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The pesky pests have little ecological value, and their population is growing at alarming rates, ramping up pressure on scientists to develop an effective – and permanent – way to kill them. To accomplish this, researchers are sequencing and examining the bed bug’s genome (its genetic blueprint) to study it and formulate a better solution than currently exists with today’s methods.