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Tropical bedbugs outclimb common species

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6:03pm, March 15, 2017
tropical bedbugs in a pitfall trap

Climbing tests suggest that tropical bedbugs (Cimex hemipterus, shown) are more adept climbers than common bedbugs (C. lectularius).

Some bedbugs are better climbers than others, and the bloodsuckers’ climbing prowess has practical implications.

To detect and monitor bedbugs, people use an array of strategies, from DIY setups to dogs. Pitfall traps placed near the base of furniture are highly effective for detecting and monitoring an infestation. The traps, which rely on smooth inner walls to prevent escape, are sold around the world. But they have been tested primarily with Cimex lectularius, the most common bedbug species in the United States.

Tropical bedbugs (C. hemipterus), it turns out, can easily scale the walls of pitfall traps, Chow-Yang Lee, an entomologist at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang

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