Friday, December 02, 2005

Bedbug Boom Blamed on Increased Foreign Travel - Yahoo! News

Bedbug Boom Blamed on Increased Foreign Travel
By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY Fri Dec 2, 7:16 AM ET

Bedbugs, the houseguests nobody wants, are back in growing numbers across the USA, and booting them from your bunk can be a lengthy, costly process.


Sixty years after near-eradication, the little bloodsuckers are infesting homes and hotels from New York to San Diego. Why the outbreak? Increased world travel and changing pest-control practices.

"The bugs had become a myth," says Richard Cooper, an entomologist who runs a family pest control firm in Lawrenceville, N.J. "They were the monster in the closet. People don't believe they're real."

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