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A Better Bed Bug Trap on the Horizon

Bed bugs seem to be the topic of more and more newscasts here in America. Frequent travelers have become more concerned with where they stay and fear bringing infestations home through their luggage. We all recognize the issues with bed bugs, from the bed bug bites that happen during the night to the possibility of spreading disease. As Americans become more alarmed and concerned with the rising infestations of bed bugs, there may be some help on the way. Recently announced by Simon Fraser University, a team of their research biologists has cracked the chemical code of bed bugs [read more at Wired.com]. What does this mean and why is it important in developing a better bed bug trap?

Chemical Attraction

bed-bug-300x200The ultimate goal is to prevent an infestation by identifying a problem early on to ensure we get 100% bed bug extermination. A new tool on the horizon that will be part of this solution is a simple bed bug trap. One of the key ingredients to developing simple household traps for insects is to use a pheromone to attract them to the trap. Pheromones are species specific and used to communicate between each other. Because they occur at very low concentrations, they are safe for the average consumer to handle without special training or precautions, which is perfect for do it yourself pest control. The challenge in developing a simple trap for bed bugs has been identifying the correct chemical smell that attracts them to each other. This research team has finally cracked the code as they identified histamine as the missing ingredient. By adding histamine to their other chemical blend, the research team successfully created traps that attracted all varieties of bed bugs and effectively killed them.

Solution

The expectation for public availability of traps using this new blend isn’t until late 2015. This type of a solution will create an inexpensive method for finding new infestations before they become out of control, such as wayward insects that travel home on your luggage. What is still unknown is how effective this solution will be for large infestations. As the trap attracts more and more bugs, the female tends to wander off in crowded conditions. For new infestations with lower levels of population this shouldn’t be a problem, but a stronger action may still be needed for large infestations. This definitely looks like it will be an important piece of bed bug control when it’s available, but with any pest infestation, current or future, consult with a professional. For professional pest control in Phoenix, please contact us.

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