Dr. Corby Schal, Entomologist at North Carolina State University, is working towards the development of a 4-part ‘silver bullet’ to kill bed bugs. His design consists of:
- An attractant to draw bed bugs out.
- An enticement to ensure the bed bugs feed on the liquid bait.
- An effective insecticide, fungus or bacterial agent in the bait.
- An amplification of the kill rate as the bed bug transfers the bait back to the harbourage creating a domino killing effect.
His research group, funded by a recent Chancellor’s innovation grant, is also examining the psychological impact inherent in battling a bed bug infestation. Dr. Schal states:
“Bed bugs are actually a very important health concern. And so I think it’s important to convince both the public and federal agencies that bed bugs indeed are a very important medical concern.”
Kudos to Dr. Corby Schal, for recognizing the significant public health concerns of bed bugs and for reaching for that bed bug solution.
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