The physiology and activity of the bed bug in a natural infestation

  • Mellanby K
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Abstract

During recent years of the physiology of the bed-bug has been studied extensively in the laboratory, but much less work, except for empirical experiments on fumigation, has been done on wild populations under natural conditions. Opportunity to study the bed-bug under natural conditions was afforded by the discovery of an infestation in an animal room used for keeping and breeding rats. In spite of the fact that the rats were being used for other purposes and there was no control over their numbers, more freedom for study was available than would have been the case in a human habitation.

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