Scientists turn bed bugs own chemistry against them

June 3rd, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 3 (IANS) Turning bed bugs’ own chemical signals against them with an insect control agent helps in killing them much more effectively.
Researchers at Ohio State Univeristy and Wittenberg University found that spraying a bugs’ environment with synthetic versions of their alarm pheromones induces them to walk through agents called desiccant dusts, which kills the bugs by dehydration.

A blend of two pheromones applied in concert with a silica gel desiccant dust proved to be the most lethal combination, said an Ohio State University (OSU) release.

In the past decade, bed bugs have become an increasing problem in industries ranging from agriculture and housing to travel and hospitality, so much so that the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a National Bed Bug Summit in April this year.

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