At the University of California, Irvine, biologist and engineer Catherine Loudon is working to create synthetic surfaces that could trap bed bugs. She was inspired by the tiny hooked hairs that grow from the leaves of some varieties of beans, such as kidney and green beans. In nature, these hairs, called trichomes, pierce through the […]
Keeping up with new developments and horrific tales of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are attracted to different colors at different stages, researchers determine. So many articles this week about researchers determining that bed bugs are attracted to some colors more than others. No surprise there for me at least. It makes sense, having lived with bed bugs (5 years ago for 8 months) that they would […]
Most county health departments have a Vector Control section that may be able to identify your insect for free, if you have found an insect you think is a bed bug or any other insect, actually. Some County Health Departments, like Multnomah have an entomologist who can identify your bugs for free! Imagine how excited […]
Bed bugs once again had their fifteen minutes of fame on tv this month on the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. While not exactly making bed bugs funny, there were many accuracies and well-made points during this episode, when the prison unit becomes infested with bed bugs. Below some choice examples and a […]
Researchers discover a molecule, a histamine so appealing to bed bugs, that in laboratory tests using human subjects, even hungry bed bugs did not seek out food once in contact with the histamine. Can they invent a substance that will make bed bugs choose to stay hiding, and not to feed? The Simon Fraser University […]
Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World by Brooke Borel (Author) A history of how bed bugs got to be so good at being bed bugs. Honestly, this is a thoroughly researched tome of bed bug history. I’m not sure you should read this book while you have bed […]
I have to say, I’m excited! It’s been 9 months since we last met due to scheduling snafus, and I know a lot has changed with local public housing agencies, for the better. In fact I know a gentleman who is currently dealing with bed bugs in his subsidized home. He thinks he got them […]