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Oh, great: Bed bugs are evolving with thicker skin to resist insecticides

by Joey Davidson | April 15, 2016April 15, 2016 7:00 am PST


Good news, bed bug society, you’re developing thicker skin to resist the pesticides all those humans blast at you. Meanwhile, Pokémon fans are desperately searching for life’s B or X button in order to cancel this evolution.

David Lilly and colleagues at the University of Sydney published a study in PLOS ONE that found that bed bugs with a thicker exoskeleton are able to survive despite the presence of a pyrethroid insecticide below the brand new Demand CS. This type of insecticide has recently shown less promise for eliminating bedbugs as the species seems to be developing a resistance.

Lilly noted that bed bugs with a thinner exoskeleton would die in around two or four hours, while those with a thicker exoskeleton would make it beyond 24 hours in the insecticide.

All that extra time means that the bed bug’s body actually has the chance to gradually intake the insecticide and either break it down with enzymes or alter the chemical. It lives, basically, and it passes down all of those genetic survival techniques to its bed bug descendants.

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Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...