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An old kind of bed bugs that has been extinct for the past 60 years has returned to join us in bed.

“GAINESVILLE, FL (WFLA) – A type of bed bug that has not been seen for 60 years has resurfaced and researchers think that this tropical species of bed bug can develop more quickly than the common bed bug.

“This could mean that this species would develop more quickly, possibly cause an infestation problem sooner, and also could spread more rapidly,” said Brittany Campbell, a doctoral student at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, where the tropical bed bug finding was confirmed.

In 2015, a Brevard County family reported finding tropical bed bugs in their home. UF/IFAS scientists confirmed the bug finding, which is the only finding in Florida. The last time tropical bed bugs were confirmed in Florida was back in the 1930s and 1940s, according to UF/IFAS.

Experts speculated the tropical bed bugs may have arrived in a ship at Port Canaveral, not far from the local infestation, according to a WESH report.  The family who found the bed bugs live near the Ulumay Wildlife Refuge on Merritt Island.

UF/IFAS scientists think it’s possible they’ll find the bug in other parts of Florida and in the South because the tropical bed bug lives in tropical and sub-tropical climates.”  As reported by nbc4i.com

Let us hope this bug will not come to London anytime soon.

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