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A Strange Yet Promising New Bed Bug Treatment Is Being Developed

A Strange Yet Promising New Bed Bug Treatment Is Being DevelopedBed Bugs

Bed bugs are nasty critters that are hard to get rid of. Unfortunately, without proper knowledge and equipment, people cannot eradicate bed bug infestations on their own. Once an infestation is located, pest control professionals must be notified. Pest control technology is enough to eradicate bed bug infestations, but the effort it takes to eradicate bed bug infestations is nevertheless trying for professionals. However, a new form of bed bug control is being developed. This particular form of bed bug control started as the result of a dubious form of bed bug eradication. But now, it has been determined that this questionable form of bed bug control can be used to develop effective bed bug traps. This particular form of bed bug control could become a game changer in the current global war against bed bugs.

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Kentucky are developing a bed bug trap that shows bed bugs no mercy. The material being synthetically developed involves trapping bed bugs in spiky hairs. Once a bed bug makes contact with this new material, sharp hairs penetrate the insects feet. This material will likely stop the bloodsucking critters in their tracks. Not even bed bugs can adapt to survive this particularly brutal form of bed bug extermination. What is interesting is how this material was discovered.

Rumor has it that people living in the Balkans used to use leaves from kidney bean plants as a method of trapping bed bugs. Due to the bed bug scourge overtaking the world today, scientists figured that they had nothing to lose by studying this rumored form of bed bug control. Luckily, the plant leaves inspired scientists to develop a material that mimics kidney bean plant leaves. It turns out that the tiny hairs located on the undersides of kidney bean plant leaves can occasionally work to trap bed bugs. However, using the leaves to clear out infestations would be next to impossible given the small size of the leaves. Luckily, scientists can still use these leaves as a model for a new synthetic material that works in the same manner, and most importantly, it can be made to cover large areas of space.

Do you think that this technology will decrease the frequency of global bed bug infestation reports?