But it includes a section on the status of bed bug aggregate pheromone research being undertaken by Dr. Gerhard Gries of Simon Fraser University:
Understanding how insects communicate with each other is the key to developing effective new tools in the fight to eradicate bedbugs.
Simon Fraser University professor Dr. Gerhard Gries, an expert in insect chemical ecology, is investigating how bedbugs use airborne chemical compounds called pheromones to communicate.
Not only have Prof. Gries and his collaborators identified this compound, they now know how to manufacture pheromones in a laboratory.
“A synthetic replica of this message, made of very harmless chemicals, can be put into a trap and placed in a room with a potential infestation, and if any insects appear, you know there are bedbugs in the room.”
The SFU-developed pheromone traps have been patented and will soon undergo testing. If all goes well, they will be in the toolboxes of Vancouver exterminators within two years.
We’ve heard more than one team is working on bed bug pheromone traps.
Not to sound ungrateful, but I sure hope it takes less than two years.