Scientists discover how bedbugs have evolved resistance to commonly used insecticides
It’s the middle of the night, and you and your bed-partner are wide-awake running your hands over each other’s bodies. No, it’s not what it sounds like. You’ve got bedbugs.
Bedbugs have recently reinvaded American cities like New York, hiding in the tiny folds of mattresses and even cracks in walls, causing itching, redness and ultimately insomnia. Now scientists, publishing a new paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology, have done some intricate genetic detective work to find out how the critters have evolved a strong resistance to the insecticides used against them.