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AGRIBUSINESS: USDA Research On Controlling Bed Bugs

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A U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher is studying ways to control bed bugs.

Dr. Mark Feldlaufer with USDA Agricultural research service in Beltsville, Maryland says, bed bugs are an annoying problem that have made a come-back in recent years and the can infest any place people live.

Beg bugs are hard to get with chemicals because they come out when the person goes to sleep. Their bite is usually painless so people will not feel them and they stay together in very difficult to find cracks and crevices.

The problem with spraying is that because bedbugs are cryptic, they hide, so it's important to treat all of the hiding areas. So if you treat most of the hiding areas but do not treat some of the other ones, you will still have bedbugs.

To help control them Dr. Feldlaufer has tried researching alarm pheromones that bedbugs secrete when panicked and cause them to run around.

Right now we're seeing either by direct application to the bedbug or if we treat a surface and let the bedbug crawl over the treated surface, we're seeing mortality or efficacy in the 50% to 60% range.

Evidence of bedbug infestation can be bites, spotting from their deification and their shed skins. They can be transported in luggage, clothing, and used furniture  Once an infestation has been confirmed, Feldoffer recommends contacting professional pest management.