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Researchers create easy, cheap way to trap bed bugs

The traps catch and collect the bedbugs as they travel between people and the places where the bedbugs hide.
By Alex Cukan   |   May 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- Researchers devised a bedbug trap that could be built with household items including two disposable plastic containers, masking tape, glue and talc.

A recent survey by the National Pest Management Association showed nearly every pest management professional in the United States dealt with a bedbug infestation within the past year.

Phil Koehler, an urban entomology professor at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said the traps catch and collect the bedbugs as they travel between people and the places where the bedbugs hide.

Koehler; Benjamin Hottel, an entomology doctoral student; Rebecca Baldwin, an assistant urban entomology professor; and Roberto Pereira, an associate research scientist created their trap with about $1 worth of household items.

The instructions can be found here and a video can be found below:

Koehler said the bedbug trap is pretty much foolproof and effective.

"It's really hard to mess this up to the point that you'd hurt anything," Koehler said in a statement.

Entomologists say bedbugs are becoming more resistant to pesticides, making the pesticide-free device even more desirable.

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