bed bugs

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Sun April 14, 2013

UK Researchers Exploring Centuries-Old Bed Bug Remedy

A bed bug on a kidney bean leaf
Journal of the Royal Society Interface

An age-old remedy for bed bugs is now the subject of a new high tech study being conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Irvine. 

The team’s mission involves replicating the action of tiny microscopic plant hairs called trichomes, which are located on the surface of bean leaves.  UK Entomology professor Mike Potter says centuries ago, Eastern Europeans would sprinkle the leaves on their floors to stop the biting insects dead in their tracks.

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