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Hospitals seem to be doing a better job than nursing homes of keeping bedbugs at bay.
May 22, 2015 If you're in a medical facility, bedbugs should not be on your worry list. But infestations of the bloodsucking insects in nursing homes and hospitals are on the rise.
Brooke Borel says bedbugs were essentially wiped out after World War II thanks to DDT. It's not totally clear why they came back in the past couple of decades.
April 8, 2015 Brooke Borel's new book describes their history and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."
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Bedbugs are becoming a common nuisance in many places. But cheap ultrasonic devices advertised as bedbug repellents don't work, scientists say.
December 10, 2012 Once bedbugs settle in, the toll on your mental health and pocketbook can run high. So what about driving the bloodsucking insects off with high-pitched sounds? Scientists say gadgets that claim to do that are a waste of money.
Bedbugs on display at the National Bed Bug Summit held in Washington in early 2011.
June 4, 2012 Bug bombs may sound like a high-powered way to deal with a bedbug infestation. But research shows the pesticide fog they create doesn't have faze the tiny pests. And it turns out, the insecticides may only serve to stir up the bugs.
Often times, bed bug infestations stem from a succession of inbreeding from one female's progeny.
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December 6, 2011 Bedbugs' eagerness to mate with their kin is one reason their populations have taken off so dramatically, new research suggests. Inbreeding comes naturally to them, and it doesn't seem to hurt their offspring much, as is the case with most other creatures.
Bedbug insecticide products are displayed at a bedbug summit in Illinois.
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September 23, 2011 Some people are taking bedbug control into their own hands, buying and administering pesticides in their homes. But a report from the CDC that dozens people have been sicked from overusing or misusing the chemicals.
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