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Bed Bugs Might Owe Success To Inbreeding

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Bed Bugs Incest

Ewwwwwwwww!

So bed bugs disappeared for a long time, but in recent years they've come back in force — this time resisting insecticides.

Why?

Well, some researchers decided to study the hell out of them, and found very little genetic differences between the bugs during a given infestation — meaning that the problem probably started with just one or two bugs… and they inbreeded with each other to cause the war!

"We find that bedbug infestations basically start from a very small number of individuals. A single mated female bedbug starts the infestation. She gives rise to offspring and those offspring mate with each other and with their mother. This is different from many animals. In humans, it is taboo."

It's taboo because with many animals AND humans, it's both weird and gross, but also can create physical deformities.

Unfortunately, this might not lead to a better insecticide, but the more we understand, the better our chances.

We need a shower.

[Image via AP Images.]

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