BedBug Research

It’s back-to-school time, so BedBugs are NOT in the news

I often editorialize about “local” press and how they are predictable in their news coverage of BedBugs. The same is true of Lice, but maybe this time there really is news.

Hello, my tasty-human friends. I’m Mr BedBug, Chief SpokesBug for and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV on YouTube and Editor of the BedBug News

There is new research showing that lice [ the other un-popular blood-sucker] are beginning to mutate and become immune to the common “pest-control” treatments. This is the troubling results from the work of Dr Kyong Yoon of Southern Illinois University. Yoon [and his colleagues] have been studing multiple populations of lice collected from professional “nit-pickers” across 30 states.

As a side note: WHO KNEW those careers existed !! “What do you want to be when you grow-up, Johnny?” Ooh,oOhh… I wanna be a NIT-PICKER !! Don’t we already have enough of those in Washington DC? LOL

Any-way. Dr Yoon’s work shows a population evolution that in-breeds resistance to the most commonly used pyrethroid treatments. [That’s the active ingredient in those hair-shampoos your kid’s schools and Dr’s offices suggest you buy/use.

SO… Why am I [the famous Mr BedBug ] blogging about Lice, instead of the latest BedBug Treatments? It’s because this is further evidence that the “same old” toxic pest control treatments are become limited in their effectiveness. I have posted over and over that BedBugs have long been generationally-evolving, becoming more and more immune to the ever-more toxic “sprays” that the traditional franchise pest control companies want to use. You’ve read many other […]

In the BedBug Wars, it’s a long way from the “lab” to your bedroom.

We watch the Bedbug researchers. It’s what we do at The “BedBug Wars” are no laughing matter. Entomologist are looking for someone to invent the “laser guided bomb” for BedBugs, because the “nuclear bomb” [ie: evermore toxic chemicals] isn’t a safe option any more.

I’m General BedBug, Commanding Officer of the BedBug Resistance Army and “battle consultant” to and , EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. You can follow my “war-room” briefings to see how the battles move from city to city. I am @GeneralBedbug on Twitter and I do postings like this one on MrBedBug’s YouTube Account @ MrBedbug TV.

The thing you need to know about entomological research is: [much like human drug research] the BIG profit opportunities get the most attention. Whether you like it or not, erectile disfunction drugs make more money than a cure for cancer. “Ant and Roach sprays” are more profitable than any solution to a BedBug infestation, because “spray and pray” [pray that it will work] is effective against ants and roaches. Those products gets very few complaints. BedBugs are a whole other issue. A simple “spray and pray” product will NEVER work. Bedbugs are entomologically different than ants and roaches. Even the best product [like EcoBugFree, the BedBug Eliminator] requires work to make sure the home [or workplace and public areas] are prepared and the product effectively applied. Ants and roaches are the “morons” of the insect world. Bedbugs are the geniuses.

The latest bit of excitement in the BedBug Wars is research done by Regine Gries at Simon Fraser University […]

If DDT killed BedBugs in the 30s, 40s and 50s, why can’t we bring it back to kill Bedbugs today?

The history of DDT has gotten worse, as the years go by. Its reputation is “colored” by what we now know were the hugely toxic effects left behind long after “treatment”, plus the residual effects. With that in mind, it is very interesting to see pockets of “demand” for the return of DDT, to help in the war against BedBugs.

I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV and the Editor of the BedBug News Reports .com

BedBugs are an ongoing nuisance for homeowners, landlords and businesses across the globe, but when municipal officials start to feel the heat to “do something” about BedBugs [usually in relation to some public / municipal owned housing] then the crazy “solutions” tend to pop up. I won’t name names today, because the level of stupidity to this idea is pretty high, [and memories are short, when politicians are involved], but lately this suggestion has been offered in several widely scattered municipalities. Usually the [logical?] argument is: “when DDT was legal, the Bedbugs were exterminated. Now it’s a “banned” substance and the Bedbugs are back, worse than ever”

While this is [sort of] true, what’s missing from the story is the concentrated efforts put forth by cities and municipalities to “win the war against BedBugs”. In the 1950s, a city would make a concentrated effort to eradicate BedBugs, and they were generally successful, not because of the DDT [although it did KILL BedBugs DEAD, along with everything else], but because of the coordinated effort.

The world of 2014, is very different. Look at the Ebola “scare” in the […]

BedBugs & Chagas Disease are in-the-news. Before you panic read THIS!!

There is a new dramatic “plague” coming to KILL YOU. We see these headlines all the time, but the newest is the “research” showing that Bedbugs are spreading Chagas disease. If you are like most folks, your first reaction was… “what the hell is Chagas disease?”

I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV and Chief Editor of the BedBug News

There are a LOT of MYTHS about bedbugs on the internet and this newest research paper making the rounds in the press isn’t helping. Let me state up-front that I’m MrBedBug, not Mr PhD in exotic diseases. That said: there are some serious problems with the way the press is reporting this research paper that I would like to explore.

First, What the hell is Chagas disease? It is one of those “rare” exotic diseases transmitted by a parasite [Trypanosoma cruzi] into animals [and humans]. It is most common in Central and South America, and has been seen recently in southern Mexico. The main infection point for the disease is contact with the feces of blood-sucking bugs, [ie: famously in this study “Kissing Bugs”.] Here’s where an Entomology degree would help [that most journalist don’t have]. The feces must be ingested or enter the body through mucous membranes or breaks in the skin. Scratching itches, rubbing eyes or putting dirty fingers in the mouth are the most common path. The results of Chagas disease are none to fun, chronic heart or intestinal failure, but the disease lays dormant for many years, so symptoms are […]

BedBugs in Philadelphia research shows when they are most/least active

I am Mr BedBug, [chief spokesBug for] and the Editor of BedBug News We follow the news so you can learn from the mistakes [and hopefully, successes] of others.

There is new information about a 4 year study of BedBugs in Philadelphia. Since Philly is one of the “Top 10 Most BedBug infested Cities”, it’s a good place to do research. The data is based on self-reported complaint calls to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There wasn’t any “field” work, just the data of calls, geo-location reports and mapping migrations. [I’ve got comments about “self-reports” below, but let’s look at the news.

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, based in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. Michael Z. Levy, PhD, an assistant professor in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Penn, and was the leader of the research team.

The “seasonality” of BedBugs may offer another way to control them more effectively. If it could be shown that BedBugs in Philadelphia were more vulnerable during certain times of the year, that could be helpful. Dr. Levy [and his team] tracked calls to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health between 2008 and 2012. Those reports were “mapped” to show when these Bedbug reports were occuring and where the BedBugs were in the Philly metro. BedBugs were Philadelphia’s most common complaint. From 2008 to 2001, just about 50% of the calls received were about BedBugs. “South Philadelphia” was the location of the greatest number of Bedbug reports .

The Penn Medicine research shows trends of two peak times,[August […]

BedBugs are Different than Cockroaches- History tells us how long roaches have been a problem.

I am Mr BedBug, [Chief SpokesBug for] and the Editor for the Bedbug News web site. I am as egotistical as the next “bug”, so It really irritates me when people think BedBugs are “just like” roaches. Since I am the Celebrity-Bug spokesman for my BedBug community, I often need to explain the differences between us [the Bedbug] and them [the common roach]

The reason that “tasty-humans” need to understand the difference is we should be treated differently. BedBugs think roaches are disgusting. They will eat any filth or grime, and sometimes other insects. Not us, BedBugs. Our only food source is YOU [which is why I always call you “my tasty-human friends”] Pest management prctices are different for roaches and BedBugs too. Roaches are the dinosaurs of the insect world, with a history that pre-dates “man”. We BedBugs came along about the same time your ancestors moved out of the caves. Roaches spread disease, but BedBugs are not know to do that.

Since I [Mr Bedbug ] am the Editor for the BedBug News, we usially stick to news about BedBugs, but every once in a while other news pops up that is interesting from an creepy-crawlie bug’s perspective.

Smithsonian Institution entomologist [ humans who study “creepy-crawlie thingies”] have released new research about the history of roaches. The newest news is similar to current news– The headline is: Roaches are everywhere.. HaHa The full report is available at the Annals of the Entomological Society of America

The real findings are that when entomologist call “Common European” and “African” cockroaches may have […]

Mr BedBug Predictions for 2013 with Sidney Friedman

I’m Mr BedBug, [Chief SpokesBug for] and as I sit here reviewing the top BedBug News Reports of 2013, I came across a career-changing opportunity.

I discovered a “tasty-human” by the name of Sidney Friedman. He has a barrage of press releases claiming that he is a psychic – futurist. I’m not real sure what that means in the way of work-hours, office schedule or benefits package, but I think I can pass the “experience” requirement.

I reviewed the work-load from 2013, and as the “tasty-human” kids say: “I got this”. You see he is predicting the future, but I can do it too. Now you might think: “WoW, that would be tough”, but appearently it’s not.

He is predicting ….[hold your breath and prepare to be amazed]

>> The new Pope will visit North America. The fact that EVERY “new” Pope visits the USA, make this a real risky prediction.

Here’s an amazing prediction that NO ONE but a trained psychic would guess… Umm, I mean predict…
>> Kanye and KimK’s wedding will be televised live, and they will donate some $$ to charity.
I am a BedBug, not a celebrity-crazed 13 year old teenage human girl, but I’m thinking this is a low-risk prediction too. Didn’t the LAST wedding that this sex-tape Princess have end up on TV too?

Up next….
>> Snow will fall in Florida. OK, this one is a challenge, but has enough loop-holes to drive a truck thru. One little crystal could qualify as “snow”. Come to think of it, as a back-up, Remember that the special effects people […]

Heat treatments will kill BedBugs, so how about trying -COLD-?

I am MrBedBug Chief “SpokesBug” and Editor of the BedBug News I see all kinds of crazy, wacky “remedies” people try as BedBug Treatments and remedies. The internet is full of myths and folk-lore about BedBugs. That’s why we created this website, so you can learn from the mistakes [and successes] of others.

NBC News has a new report about “freezing” as an effective BedBug treatment. Read it here. One of the most widely advertised “alternative” BedBug treatments is HEAT. Before I discuss both of these treatment options in detail, Let’s talk about “pet BedBugs” and those in your home.

Many universities are doing BedBug research, [including the one on my resume] What consumers need to know is: BedBugs in the research lab act differently than BedBugs “in the wild”. They are entomologically “the same”, but captive BedBugs, [we called them “pets” in school] react differently, because of the living environment. University BedBug researchers feed their BedBugs on a regular schedule. Lab “pets” live in a stable temperature/humidity environment and have plenty of “space”.

BedBugs “in the wild” have a tougher life environment. They are constantly seeking the next “blood-meal” feeding. They are prolific breeders, but each succesive generation make the “host” [that’s YOU, by the way], more likely to flee, removing the dependable, reliable “tasty-human” food source. BedBugs have adapted to prefer our human environment, so they like 72 degree office buildings and 68 degree dark bedrooms, as much as you do. In the lab, BedBug researchers have seen “my BedBug community” live as long […]

BedBugs in Cleveland rock-n-roll the city.

BedBugs in Cleveland are “Big News”. The national franchise pest control company has named Cleveland to the “Top 10 Most BedBug Infested Cities” list again for 2013. In fact, Ohio as a whole is popular with BedBugs, because Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron and Canton are ALL on the list. The report above from Michelle Decker NewsNet5/Cleveland

Cleveland ranks #8 on the list, between the other Ohio cities with BedBug problems. The real concern is that BugBugs in Cleveland are expanding at such a rapid rate, we are also on the “fastest growing” sub-list. That means we have more NEW infestations, faster than we can clean the OLD problems. That’s not good for the entire community.

The 2013 list of cities with the highest % increases in bed bug infestations include:

1. Sacramento, Calif. 54%
2. Milwaukee, Wis. 53%
3. Las Vegas, Nev. 50%
4. Columbus, Ohio 47%
5. Baltimore, Md. 46%
8. Cleveland, Ohio 36%

BedBugs are hitch-hikers. They are usually transported from one location to another as people travel, clinging to clothing, luggage, laptop and book bags and other carry-bags or folded clothing and new/used furniture. BedBugs cling to any fabric that smells like humans. The more Bedbug infestation colonies in a city or region, the more likely they are to travel to other new parts of Cleveland…and into YOUR life. If one child carries BedBugs to school, the whole classroom is exposed. If one “parent” goes to work, bringing BedBugs from home, the entire workplace can be infested. BedBugs are in Cleveland movie theaters, Dr Offices, retail […]

Bedbugs in Baltimore will be keeping Lawyers fully employed.

I am Mr BedBug [Chief SpokesBug for] and editor for BedBug News We created this web site to help you learn from the mistakes of others. BedBugs in Baltimore are no different than those in news reports from Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas or Orlando. The little vampire-insects really make you “tastsy-humans” angry. The rise in BedBug infestations in Baltimore is matched only but the employment opportunities of lawyers. I’ll talk about the growing legal environment in BedBug “case law”, but first let me talk about the real issue…. preventing [or cleaning] a BedBug infestation in Baltimore.

No one wants Bedbugs. They are sneaky and scary because of myths and folklore that has popped-up in press accounts and assumptions people make. Much of what you read about BedBugs on the internet is BOGUS, so me quickly cover the facts:

Good News:….. OK, there isn’t much “good news”. BedBugs DO NOT spread disease, like mosquitos and ticks [the other human blood-suckers] and that’s about it. BedBugs are predictable, so that helps prevent more “bad news”, so lets put that on the good-side too. BedBugs have very set ways in how they live, grow, hide, breed and spread. We believe knowledge is power. The more you know about BedBugs in Baltimore homes, apartments and other locations, the more like you are to avoid an infestation, or catch, then clean a BedBug infestation quickly.

Now, the Bad News… There is LOTS of bad news about BedBugs. First, because they play “hide and seek” so well, there are NO easy, fast or simple way to KILL Bedbugs. Fortunately, You […]