Perspective on Biology and Management of Bed Bugs: Introduction

Chow Yang Lee, Changlu Wang, Nan Yao Su

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Abstract

Bed bugs are an important group of medical and urban insect pests. They are obligate blood-feeders. Their bites may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions and, under some circumstances, may lead to mental and other health issues. Despite numerous discoveries on the biology of these obnoxious pests and progress in control strategies over the last two decades, bed bugs continue to preferentially plague those from low socioeconomic communities because the poor generally could not afford effective control options. As a result, such infestations in poorer communities serve as a reservoir for wider society. This Special Collection of the Perspective on Biology and Management of Bed Bugs presents nine original research papers on bed bug detection, insecticide performance and resistance, nonchemical treatment, fungal biopesticides, and pest management procurement and contracts. We hope that these investigative findings will spur research on safer, more affordable, and effective control options in the future.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of economic entomology
Volume116
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 10 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

Keywords

  • Cimex hemipterus
  • Cimex lectularius
  • chemical control
  • detection
  • nonchemical control

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