Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Arthro-Pod EP 81- Dr. Harold Harlan and the Modern Bed Bug Resurgence


Tune in today as Dr. Jody Green, of the Arthro-Pod gang, sits down to interview living legend, Dr. Harold Harlan. They discuss Dr. Harlan's career as an entomologist as well as the history of his infamous bed bug colony. Plus, they dive in to the history of the modern bed bug resurgence. All that and more on Arthro-Pod!

Drs. Green and Harlan at the Entomological Society of America 2019 meeting

Show Notes-

Possible reasons for resurgence include:

o   Increase in international travel

o   Changes in pest management

o   Insecticide resistance mechanisms

o   Lack of reaction to bed bugs

o   Adaptation of bed bugs to alternative hosts

o   Bed bugs and poultry farms

o   Ability of bed bugs to go months without a blood meal

o   High density housing and high turnover




Book: Monograph of Cimicidae

Usinger 1966 (pdf)


Book: Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs

Editors: Doggett, Miller and Lee 2018


Article: PCT Magazine from November 2011

Love at First Bite 


Bed bugs evolved before their bat hosts and did not co-speciate with ancient humans

Roth et al. 2019

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