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Bedbugs Bed Down in Chicken Breeder Houses

by 5m Editor
10 December 2007, at 11:42am

US — Arkansas and Texas researchers theorize that certain chicken houses are prime habitat for the bloodsucking bedbug.


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"They're usually in there by the thousands, maybe even millions, before they're detected,"
Arkansas entomology professor C. Dayton Steelman.

Scientists at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Texas A&M are studying the DNA of the flightless insect famous for infesting bed mattresses and pestering people as they try to get a good night's sleep.

Arkansas entomology professor C. Dayton Steelman, who collects laboratory samples, says bedbugs hide during the day but come out at night to feast in breeder houses where hens lay eggs for hatcheries.

"They're usually in there by the thousands, maybe even millions, before they're detected," he says.

The scientists believe the breeder houses are "geographic epicenters" from which the bugs migrant to other parts of the country by traveling poultry workers and by other birds, such as swallows that nest in the houses.

James Austin, a scientist at Texas A&M, says the spread of rapid transit and global travel also most likely have helped bedbugs multiply.

Source: Chron.com

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