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Synthetic bed bug pheromones?

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  1. insecticidal

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Jul 22 2011 1:23:23
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    Has anyone managed to synthesize bed bug pheromones? If so, perhaps these could be used to make low/no maintenance traps & detection devices.

    Okay, that's probably obvious. But taking a few steps further into fantasy land, a carnivorous plant specially engineered to eat bed bugs would be just the coolest thing. Since a venus fly trap could only handle the odd stray bug or two, it would probably need to be a pitcher plant or something of that sort. In fact, because most pheromones are short-lived, perhaps a plant is the most viable option for a pheromone-based trap.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Jul 22 2011 4:05:28
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    Eric Siljander and co recently identified the components of the aggregation pheromone and have applied for a patent for use of synthetic pheromones for bedbugs in traps. So, it probably won't be too long before you see this kind of thing on the market.

    I like the idea of bug-eating plants. Unfortunately I suspect genetically engineered plants that produce bedbug aggregation pheromones is probably not something we are likely to see in our lifetime ; )

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    Sun Jul 24 2011 7:15:27
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    I saw a post about that. Did his patent also cover use of heat? If so, how is that novel?

    About the only novel thing I can think of doing with a heat-based trap is using a bright IR light and a specially designed reflector to concentrate more energy at larger distances, in order to increase the area of effectiveness.


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