Easing bedbug anxiety

What you need to know about the bedbug resurgence.

Hardly a day goes by without reports of yet another bedbug infestation. Bedbugs are showing up in residences of all kinds, including apartment buildings, dormitories, and hotels as well as in offices, retail stores, schools, theaters, and public transportation. Explanations for the resurgence of Cimex lectularius include increased international travel, changing pest control practices, resistance to pesticides, and lack of knowledge about how to control them. "But these are just speculation," says entomologist Dr. Richard Pollack. "The proper answer is, 'We don't know.'"

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