PhD in Evolutionary and Ecological Entomology Lab,
University of Sheffield

The IBBRA is blessed with Richard’s wisdom, professionalism and his amazing bed bug pictures. Richard has been working on the common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) as a model system for 10 years.

“I have used this system for studying aspects of sexual conflict and immunology. However, with the rise in prominence of bedbugs as a global pest species the focus of my current research is on understanding the ecology and dispersal of this species with a view to informing control strategies”.

The active dispersal of bedbugs between neighboring flats is an important factor in the spread of bedbugs through multiple occupancy dwellings. However, very little is known about when and why bedbugs disperse. For obvious reasons opportunities for field studies on bedbugs are limited. I have therefore developed setups for studying semi realistic bedbug infestations in the laboratory, which allow me to manipulate many factors likely to be important to understanding the ecology and dispersal of the species. This setup also allows me to address issues fundamental to dispersal ecology.

Bed Bug Mania is all over the internet and people that are untrained are trying to capitalize on the industry. Richard Naylor and a couple of others took a tremendous amount of time to do a little research and find some of these people. For those who actually know about bed bugs you will get a kick out of this!

http://e3.group.shef.ac.uk/2010/09/bugs-publicity-and-misinformation/