After disappearing for 60 years, the tropical bed bug has turned up in Florida. And these nasty little creatures can spread faster than the ordinary variety bed bug, causing all the same havoc and threat of widespread infestation throughout Florida and the South. “This could mean that this species would develop more quickly, possibly cause an infestation problem sooner, and also could spread more rapidly,”

Brittany Campbell, a UF doctoral student in entomology, said in a media release. Campbell and her colleagues at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences confirmed the tropical bed bug’s reemergence, which they recently documented in the journal Florida Entomologist. READ MORE