Bed Bugs Are Getting Stronger, Becoming Able To Survive Commonly Used Bug Sprays
(CNN) – Remember when you were tucked into bed as a kid and told not to let the bed bugs bite? That just got a lot harder to do. A new study reveals that bed bugs have developed a thicker skin that enables them to survive exposure to commonly used bug sprays, according to University of Sydney research published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
Bed bugs are bloodsucking parasites. Unfortunately for us, their meal of choice is human blood. There has been a global resurgence of bed bugs in the past few decades because trying to kill the bugs has only made them stronger, according to the new study and other previous research. If you’re thinking of escaping a bed-bug infestation at home, a hotel bed might not be a much better option. The parasites have caused significant financial headaches for the tourism and hospitality industries. Professional extermination of bed bugs typically costs $200 to $1,500 per room and often fails.