Talk:Bed bug

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Former good article nominee Bed bug was a Natural sciences good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Dubious: Effectiveness of boric acid[edit]

In the "management" section, the article says "Boric acid, occasionally applied as a safe indoor insecticide, is not effective against bed bugs because they do not groom." Source cited is Miller, Dini (2008). "Bed bugs (hemiptera: cimicidae: Cimex spp.)". In Capinera, John L. Encyclopedia of Entomology (Second ed.). Springer. p. 414. ISBN 978-1-4020-6242-1.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contradicts this at http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/pesticides-control-bed-bugs, which says:

Desiccants work by destroying the waxy, protective outer coating on a bed bug. Once this coating is destroyed, the bed bugs will slowly dehydrate and die. Desiccants are a valuable tool in bed bug control. Because desiccants work through a physical mode of action, the bed bugs cannot become resistant to desiccants as they can to pesticides with other modes of action. In addition, they have a long-lasting effect and don't disturb normal bed bug activities.

Examples of desiccants include:

  • Diatomaceous earth.
  • Boric acid.

When using desiccants to control bed bugs it is critical to use those that are registered by EPA and labeled for bed bug control. Desiccants that are intended for other uses, such as food-grade or for use in swimming pools, pose an increased inhalation risk to people. Use of desiccants is limited to cracks and crevices use only to reduce inhalation risk.

I think the EPA source is more authoritative in this case, but I'll leave it for someone more knowledgeable in these matters to make the call.

Pixeldawg (talk) 17:44, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

I do agree that the efficacy of some treatments are overstated relative to the publisled literature, including this one. I've been meaning to review the treatment section and tighten it up, but I haven't had time yet. The EPA would be a more reliable source here, so feel free to shape content to reflect that in this case. Kingofaces43 (talk) 23:25, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

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Challenges to organizing content[edit]

Here is the current situation -

  • Bed bug presents information about an insect and its interaction with humans
  • Bed bug infestation presents mostly health information about the consequences of bed bugs to humans
  • Bed bug control techniques presents human responses to bed bugs
  • Epidemiology of bed bugs talks about "bed bugs" as a communicable infection. It is epidemiology, so it is not talking about the range of an animal's habitat so much as where public health offices note a medical condition
  • Cimex lectularius is for the most discussed bed beg species itself, and this is a stub article
  • Cimicidae is for the family
  • Cimex hemipterus does not exist as an article, but this is probably the #2 most important bed bug species

Previously at Talk:Bed_bug/Archive_1#Move_to_Cimicidae there was a proposal to move some of the content from bed bug to Cimicidae.

Here are some problems with the current organization:

  1. "Bed bug" currently contains a lot of information about "Cimex lectularius", and that information probably should go in the species article rather than this social article
  2. "Bed bug" content is currently written in a way that suggests there are multiple bed bug species which are well studied and known, when actually, almost all of the content cited either does seem to be aware of differences or refers to C. lectularius.
  3. None of these articles are well organized among each other. Discussion about main topics should be in one article, and if the topic is raised elsewhere then subtopic discussion should be brief and link to that main article for more information. Instead, this and other topics are WP:FORKed.

I am thinking about how this should be organized. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:49, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Article traffic[edit]

Here is a traffic report for some bedbug articles in 2016.

  1. Bed bug 1,756,264
  2. Bed bug infestation 172,314
  3. Bed bug control techniques 77,100
  4. Cimicidae 32,118
  5. Mattress protector 31,510
  6. Epidemiology of bed bugs 10,578
  7. Cimex lectularius 4,673

For context, any article which got more than 1,300,000 views in 2016 was among Wikipedia's top 5000 articles (top 0.1%) by traffic for that year. To me, that means that "bed bug" is of broad interest and needs to meet the demands of a general audience. Wikipedia's top 10% of articles in 2016 got at least 20,000 pageviews, so I think all of these getting 30k+ are in demand. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:06, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Reform of bed bug[edit]

I wanted to share a plan for reforming this article.

I checked the current weight of the content in this article. If the current article were printed on paper, it would be 11 pages excluding citations.

  • 1 page is lead
  • 1 is infestation
  • 5 is about the insect
  • 1 is pest control
  • 1 is epidemiology
  • 1.5 is history
  • 0.5 is society and culture

The current lead of the article is four paragraphs, with 2 about the insect, 1 about infestation, and one about social topics.

Based on the traffic above, I think that readers are expecting to find information about infestation and control here, and are less interested in the insect itself because of the weight of clicks to sub topics. Here is how I think this article should be cleaned up.

  1. Write good leads for Bed bug infestation, Bed bug control techniques, Epidemiology of bed bugs, and Cimicidae
  2. The improved leads of those articles should be the basis for subheadings in this article, with links back to those main articles
  3. Merge much of the insect content to an insect specific article
  4. Re-write the lead to this article with a focus on the human/insect interaction. In a four paragraph lead, have a paragraph each to present the insect, infestation, control, and a combination of social topics.

Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:33, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Notes on changes[edit]

I removed the etymology section . Some Wikipedia articles have these but when they exist, they should go beyond what a dictionary reports. Since this seemed like dictionary information I moved it to Wiktionary at wikt:bedbug. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:17, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

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