These pesky pests are without doubt near the top of the list of most dreaded and persistent pests to invade our homes. However, new ground-breaking research may be about to offer a brand new way to effectively combat the nightmares caused by a bed beg infestation.

No more itching! Scientists discover a ‘cocktail of chemicals’ that lures A Breakthrough in the Fight Against Bed Bugs?bedbugs into traps – and keeps them there

  • Pheromones lure bedbugs into a trap where chemicals immobilise them
  • A cocktail of six different chemicals was needed to make an effective lure
  • Researchers hope to have commercial trap available within the next year 
  • Wife of scientist leading the study acted as the host who fed the bedbugs during tests with her own blood
  • She believes she has been bitten 180,000 times in the hunt for the lure 

New Research

Scientists have discovered a set of pheromones, the chemical signals given off by insects, that can lure bedbugs into traps. They have also identified an extra component that can then, crucially, keep the biting insects in the trap and away from their human food.

The pest control industry has been searching for the pheromone that causes bed bugs to aggregate together for decades, but now researchers at the Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia, have found a cocktail of them that work.

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What Makes a Bed Bug Infestation So Unpleasant

Bed Bugs usually harbour in close proximity to their sleeping hosts. They avoid light and hide in crevices on furniture, bed frames, behind skirting boards, plug sockets, behind hanging pictures, within the seams of mattresses and within the joins of a headboard. Evidence of an infestation is usually given by faecal debris around areas of harbourage, which resemble small tiny spotted residues, or a bite which gives rise to a hard whitish swelling that distinguishes it from a flea bite which leaves a dark red spot surrounded by a reddened area. It is without question one of the most unpleasant household pests to infest dwellings.

Leave it to the Professionals

Successful control of bed bugs requires planning followed by an extensive and thorough treatment by a professional pest control company. To eradicate this persistent pest requires a close understanding of its biology, lifestyle and habits. Integrated Pest Management has that expertise and years of practical field experience. We know exactly which products to use, when to use them and where.

Further Information

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