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Lewis V.R.,University of California at Berkeley | Moore S.E.,UC Richmond Field Station | Tabuchi R.L.,UC Richmond Field Station | Sutherland A.M.,UCCE | And 2 more authors.
California Agriculture | Year: 2013

The worldwide resurgence of bed bugs has recently created urban pest challenges in California. Regardless of information source - newspaper, Internet, television, university or government - the message is the same: bed bugs are back, and with a vengeance. Until recently, the pest's longstanding rarity and a historical reliance on pesticide-based management have not encouraged research and public education to develop and make available current information on bed bug biology, detection and control. UC is currently directing comprehensive, collaborative programs of research and education to combat this emerging nuisance and public health threat. Laboratory and field tests were conducted by UC researchers on several commercial bed bug monitors and confirm that additional research is needed to improve the performance of existing monitors and to develop new ones.

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