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14 September 2022 Perspective on Biology and Management of Bed Bugs: Introduction
Chow-Yang Lee, Changlu Wang, Nan-Yao Su
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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.

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Chow-Yang Lee, Changlu Wang, and Nan-Yao Su "Perspective on Biology and Management of Bed Bugs: Introduction," Journal of Economic Entomology 116(1), 1-4, (14 September 2022).
Received: 9 August 2022; Accepted: 22 August 2022; Published: 14 September 2022

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