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There's more than one type of bedbug. But don't lose sleep over it

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Recent headlines about bedbug infestations in movie theaters, trains and at Paris Fashion Week are making people's skin crawl. Bedbugs are back with a vengeance.

It seems that for all of humanity, we have been trying to rid ourselves of the bloodsucking nighttime invaders, but they have developed a tolerance to the pesticides which previously kept them in check.

If that's not horrifying enough, the common bedbug we are familiar with in the Northern Hemisphere, Cimex lectularius, has a sidekick, Cimex hemipterus, the tropical bed bug. Now this warmer climate insect is making a few appearances in the United States. Will exterminators have two varieties of pests to contend with?

On Cincinnati Edition, we'll discuss this seeming resurgence of bedbugs and talk with experts about prevention and mitigation.


  • Rick Cooper, Ph.D., entomologist, R Cooper Consulting, research associate, Rutgers University Department of Entomology
  • Joshua Benoit, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, University of Cincinnati

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