It’s so exciting to see research published on data we have been expecting to be released for some time; even highly resistant bed bugs lay markedly fewer eggs when exposed to ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners. This latest research from Dr. Susan Jones (The Ohio State University) may be actually considered ‘landmark’ as to the sublethal effects of ActiveGuard. Dr. Jones and her team have demonstrated that after only ten minutes of exposure to ActiveGuard fabric, almost all female bed bugs lose their ability to deposit eggs. Furthermore, after this brief contact with the fabric, bed bugs lose their inclination and/or ability to feed to completion. Surprisingly, these phenomena, described as ‘sublethal effects’ by Dr. Jones, first begin to develop after only 1 minute of contact.
What does this newly published research mean to a pest professional, “When a bed bug cannot feed the results are less bites; a loss in the ability to mature; and, the inability to reproduce. Consequently, this likely translates to profound long-term effects on the reduction of bed bug populations,” said Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, maker of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners.
Click here to read the article taken from Entomology Today, the blog of the Entomological Society of America.
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