Bedbugs’ genes are the reason insecticides don’t work on them, new research suggests

They’re every New Yorker’s nightmare, and every would-be New Yorker’s reason for staying away. When bedbugs strike, they’re near impossible to get rid of. Turns out, the reason the bloodsuckers are so hard to kill may be genetic.

A new study by Scientists at the University of Kentucky found that bedbugs’ genes are resistant to insecticides. The researchers discovered 14 genes that actually render pyrethroids, the chemicals used to fight bedbug infestations, ineffective. Some work by deflecting insecticides away. Others even breakdown the chemicals’ molecular bonds, HealthDay News reports.

Read the full, original story here: Bedbugs’ Genes Are The Reason Insecticides Don’t Work On Them, New Research Suggests

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