Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs

Edited by: Stephen L. Doggett, Dini M. Miller and Chow-Yang Lee

Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs (ABMMBB) is an essential publication to have on the shelf, not only for practical pest controllers faced with this pest, but also academic researchers, students and anyone else involved in any way with this pest.

It’s over 50 years since the previous ‘bible’ covering bed bugs was published, since when bed bugs have made a global resurgence and much has changed. Advances in the Biology and Management of Modern Bed Bugs (ABMMBB) is a complete synthesis of bed bug information from the past to the present.

Running to 472 pages, more than 60 of the world’s most recognisable names in the field of bed bug research and practice have contributed material. There are eight main parts, 46 chapters plus an introduction by the editors and a conclusion that examines the future of bed bugs. Full details can be seen at


This book updates and expands on existing material on bed bugs with an emphasis on the worldwide resurgence of both the common bed bug Cimex lectularius, and the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus. It incorporates extensive new data from a wide range of basic and applied research, as well as the recently observed medical, legal, and regulatory impacts of bed bugs.

ABMMBB offers new information on the basic science and advice on using applied management strategies and bed bug bioassay techniques. It also presents cutting-edge information on the major impacts that bed bugs have had on the medical, legal, housing and hotel industries across the world, as well as their impacts on public health.

For those who deal regularly with this pest, chapters cover the history of bed bugs, their global resurgence, their impact on society, their basic biology, how to manage them and the future of this pest make particularly fascinating reading.

Four years in the making, ABMMBB is the brain child of bed bug researcher, Stephen Doggett from the Department of Medical Entomology, Westmead Hospital, Australia, with co-editors Dr Dini Miller, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, and Prof Chow-Yang Lee from the School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. A video of the authors discussing the book can be seen on Youtube

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