Bedbugs aren’t just sleeping with you. They’re sleeping with each other.
Researchers now say that the creepy bugs have a special genetic gift: withstanding incest.
It turns out that unlike most creatures, bedbugs are able to inbreed with close relatives and still produce generally healthy offspring. That means that if just a few bedbugs survive in a building after treatment, they repopulate quickly. Read more…
Movie lovers are feeling itchy and checking for bites now that it has been reported that several movie theaters in Manhattan and the home to the Toronto Film Festival have been plagued with bedbugs. But movie executives are feeling fine and think they can turn this recent scourge of annoying insects into cinema gold. A shelved 2004 screenplay about burrowing bedbug-like killers seeking blood from a small town is now in production talks once again. Meanwhile, the rest of us are perplexed at why anyone would want to relive this all-too-real infestation. Just thinking about it makes us squirm. [Empire] Keep reading »
Hot on the heels of the recent Hollister bedbug infestation and cleansing, Victoria’s Secret on New York’s Lexington Avenue had a fun little infestation of its own. Apparently, bugs were found and the store was closed down for sniffing by bed bug-detecting dogs, a quick, intense chemical spray and, finally, another dog sniffing. The company claims that the issue was isolated to a small area of the store and has been completely neutralized, but the whole thing still leaves us feeling a little skeevy. Victoria’s Secret has committed to having all of its stores sniffed for bugs, though, which is more than most can say. Where do you think the vermin will hit next? [The Huffington Post] Keep reading »