Socio-spatial Ecology of the Bed Bug and its Control
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are a resurgent problem in cities worldwide. Over the past decade bed bugs have reestablished themselves as a common urban pest throughout the United States. Bed bugs present significant public health and economic concerns. In this project we explore how the structure of human society is implicated in bed bug distribution, and how understanding the social, political, and geographical processes affecting bed bug populations can help direct control efforts on multiple scales. This pursuit will bring together experts in urban ecology, epidemiology, medical entomology, population modeling, population genetics, GIS and health, environmental justice, environmental history and urban and regional planning.
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