Chemical Bait and Trap for Bedbugs May Be Available in 2015

This is potentially some very good news for apartment community managers:

Researchers at Simon Fraser University have discovered a chemical combination, which can be used to lure and trap bedbugs for the killing, according to findings published in the chemistry journal, Angewandte Chemie, on Dec. 21.

The combination is made up of six components that work together to create a pheromone used to attract and immobilize the wingless bloodsucking bedbugs known for infesting beds in houses and hotels…

The team hopes, as they work with Canadian company Contech Enterprises Inc., to have an affordable bait and trap on the market sometime in 2015.

Bedbugs Occupy Wall Street (Journal)

If misery loves company then those of you who have dealt with bedbugs might find comfort in this story about the Wall Street Journal:

Wall Street Journal employees began their day this morning with a bit of a headscratcher. (More of a head-to-toe scratcher, really.)

“I wanted to let you know that on Friday the facilities department received a report of a bedbug sighting in the video area of the 6th floor,” wrote deputy managing editor Deborah Brewster in a note to employees that was passed along to Capital.

The Journal brought in a sniffer dog to detect the presence of the incredibly resilient and psychologically horrifying but otherwise harmless vermin, according to the memo, which indicated that the dog did indeed find evidence of a potential bed bug infestation “in part of the video area and in part of the main 6th floor conference room.” Both areas were treated by an exterminator accordingly and will continue to be monitored in the coming weeks…

But The Journal is in good company. Over the past few years, other venerable New York institutions including Time Warner,  PenguinCarnegie Hall and Lincoln Center have also been infested.

The $80 Bedbug Cocoon

From Hammacher Schlemer (who else?) The Traveler’s Bed Bug Thwarting Sleeping Cocoon:

This portable sleeping cocoon is made specially woven fabric that is impervious to bed bugs. The sleeping cocoon’s tightly wound polyester threads are spaced only 1-micron apart (a span that’s much smaller than bed bugs) to prevent 100% of bed bugs from penetrating the fabric. The durable polyester threads are impervious to bed bugs’ teeth yet the fabric remains soft, pliable, and breathable for optimal sleeping comfort in a hotel bed. The sleeping cocoon creates an enclosed sleeping environment from the shoulders to the feet, the hooded top protects your head and neck yet allows you to breathe naturally, and the entire unit folds to fit in the included tote for ease of travel. 81″ L x 36″ W. (1 lb.)

Enough to Make Your Skin Crawl

Want to read a headline that’s almost guaranteed to make your skin crawl?  How’s this – Inbreeding might explain bedbugs’ spread. From the article:

“A single mated female bedbug starts the infestation. She gives rise to offspring, and those offspring mate with each other and with their mother,” Schal said in an interview.

“This is different from many animals,” he said, mostly because close inbreeding can result in genetic deformities.

But he said some creatures, including cockroaches, can withstand such close inbreeding without detrimental effects.

Schal said this may be a trait of insects that have evolved an association with humans and rely on them to travel from place to place. Bedbugs often travel on furniture…

Schal said his findings are not likely to lead to new insecticides for bedbugs, but they do underscore the need to move fast once bedbugs are detected.

“If you don’t deal with them early they can spread through a building very quickly,” he said.