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Bed Bug Histamines Are Substantial, Persistent in Infested Homes

From NC State News

New research findings could turn perceptions of the already despised bed bug from nuisance pest into medically important threat. A study from North Carolina State University shows that histamine levels are substantially higher in homes infested by bed bugs than in pest-free homes, and that these histamine levels persist for months – even if the bed bugs have been eliminated from the home.

NC State post-doctoral researcher Zachary DeVries and colleagues from NC State and the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services conducted a Raleigh-based study to compare histamine levels in homes with and without bed bug infestation. The researchers also evaluated the extent to which treatment and time affect those histamine levels. Continue reading

New, more effective bed bug trap may be coming this year

Traps with a new blend of bed bug attractant may be on the market sometime this year. Better yet, the total chemical cost may make them affordable.

Just last month, researchers at Simon Fraser University announced that they had discovered a new blend of chemicals to attract bed bugs to a trap. For years scientists have been searching for a blend of pheromones to use in a bed bug trap to help control bed bugs. Pheromones are chemicals that animals release to communicate with other members of the same species; they are used mainly to find and attract mates.

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