NATIONWIDE (ABC NEWS) – Now for some news you might not be itching to hear. New findings that suggest bedbugs may be getting harder to kill.
Bedbugs, a night-time blight for so many. And while getting rid of them used to be as simple as calling your exterminator, that may not be the case for long.
In a new study, Purdue University researchers tested out two commonly used pesticides on populations of bedbugs gathered from different parts of the country to see how effectively these chemicals kill these pests.
What they found is some of the bedbugs tested were resistant to one or even both pesticides. Scientists found that higher levels of pesticide were needed to defeat some of these insects.
These findings are a sign that pesticides alone soon may not solve our bedbug problem. So for now, experts suggest a “multi-legged” approach. One that uses pesticide, but also incorporates other methods like traps, steam and even physical removal.
Still, many of us won’t be sleeping tight until research offers a new way to prevent that bite.