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new research on attractants

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  1. loubugs

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Apr 13 2017 12:18:28

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    This is the abstract from a recent publication:
    Relatively Small Quantities of CO2, Ammonium Bicarbonate, and a Blend of (E)-2-Hexenal Plus (E)-2-Octenal Attract Bed Bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) by
    John F. Anderson Francis J. Ferrandino Michael P. Vasil Robert H. Bedoukian Marie Maher Karen Mckenzie and published in J Med Entomol (2017) 54 (2): 362-367.
    Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L., feed on humans, have increased exponentially in the past two decades in many major cities throughout the world, have caused intense infestations, and have become a significant health concern. Improved traps are needed to detect early infestations, to assess control programs, and for control of bed bugs. Carbon dioxide released alone or simultaneously with other attractants into three types of traps at the relatively low rate of 1 ml/min caught significantly more bed bugs than untreated controls in a 183- by 183-cm arena. This finding may enable CO2 to be used more economically in traps. Three percent ammonium bicarbonate released at a rate of ≤0.03 ml/h also caught significantly more bed bugs than untreated controls. A blend of (E)-2-hexenal and (E)-2-octenal at concentrations of 0.025% or 0.1% each and released at 0.02 ml/h attracted significantly more bed bugs than untreated controls. These findings ought to improve detection of bed bugs.

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  2. BigDummy

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    Posted 7 months ago
    Thu Apr 13 2017 16:27:31

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    I always get excited about attractants, hopefully there will be a breakthrough that works in real world situations as well as it does in testing. Brilliant idea using a lure, but I'd have expected the Sensci Volcano to really take off and I'm not hearing much if anything about its use.

    HVAC/Locksmith/Bed Bug Control for a non-profit homeless shelter and long term veteran housing.

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