Could it be that the new NightWatch bed bug trap due to hit the market for pest control professionals in November will be the new silver bullet for bed bug control? It may be so, but anyway you look at it, it is an effective new product that warrants careful review.
NightWatch is an innovative bed bug trap and monitoring device that uses heat, CO2, and a patented lure mimicking the natural kairomones (chemicals that bed bugs extrude to find their nest) to trap bed bugs and kill them. The NightWatch trap creates the same chemical patterns that a sleeping human does; attracting bed bugs for a quick bite, a snack, and then death.
This new product has been created by BioSensory Inc. and was extensively tested by Entomologists at Purdue University. The Entomologists concluded from their experiments that ” pitfall traps with heat and chemical lures have potential to be useful tools for monitoring bed bug infestations and reducing bed bug numbers.” — Just the right combination of elements that NightWatch provides to attract and then trap pesky bed bugs.
“Bed bugs are a scourge that must be dealt with” says Patrick Callahan, Director of Global Sales and Marketing for BioSensory in Connecticut. With NightWatch, pest management professionals have another excellent tool to monitor for and then kill bed bugs effectively.
Several real world uses for NightWatch would be:
1. Consumer rental of traps to validate a bed bug problem. As many pests can be thought to be bed bugs, the verification of the presence of bed bugs or lack there of can save extermination fees, which for some homes can be several thousand dollars.
2. Hotels and motels may want to purchase several NightWatch traps and rotate them on their floors to verify that their proactive bed bug prevention treatments are working. Additionally hotels and cruise ships may want to rent units to validate a bed bug finding before hiring bed bug extermination professional to treat the problem.
3. Hotels and motels may want to keep traps for a week in rooms next to bed bug infested rooms that have just undergone treatment to make sure that bed bugs have not crawled under a wall or through a ceiling vent to spread the problem into adjoining rooms.
BioSensory has advised the Stern’s Chatter blog team that they will showcase their new product at the National Pest Management Association Convention on October 22 to 25 and then release the product for sale to professionals in November. Stern Environmental Group will be purchasing several NightWatch units. We think that they will be innovative control and monitoring devices that will help our clients sleep better at night and protect their property investments.
To find out more about NightWatch, we invite you to download the BioSensory NightWatch brochure courtesy of BioSensory Inc.
You may also want to review the scientific findings from Gary Bennett, Changlu Wang, Greg McGraw, Abou El-Nour, and Susan McKnight, of Purdue University’s, Department of Entomology located at 901 W. State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana. This scientific team presented their paper titled “Traps and Attractants for Monitoring Bed Bug Infestations” and an associated PowerPoint slide show at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in December 2007. (BioSensory has supplied the PowerPoint presentation to us for web posting.) We think that you will find it to be interesting reading.