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UF Study Finds Bed Bugs More Fertile Than Expected
Posted At: November 14, 2012 1:54 PM |
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UF Study Finds Bedbugs More Fertile Than Expected

The Gainesville Sun, November 5, 2012

Bed Bugs are more fertile than scientists had thought. And it doesn't take a lot of food - our blood - for them to reproduce.


A recent study led by Roberto Pereira, an associate research scientist at the University of Florida's entomology and nematology department, found that female bedbugs can produce eggs even if they only eat 5 minutes per week. A bedbug's typical feeding is 10 minutes.

"I expected them to not do very well, to be starved," said Pereira. "But even if they eat very little they can still produce a few eggs."


Pereira's interest in bedbug fertility began a few years ago, when bedbug outbreaks began occurring in public places such as movie theaters, clothing stores and public transportation.
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