As the bed bug battles rage on from coast to coast, there could be new technology on the horizon that will pack a powerful punch in the war against bed bug infestations. According to the Seattle Times (via the Associated Press) on November 28, 2011, airline scanning technology just may be the key to helping pest control experts gain the upper hand against bed bugs in homes and businesses in the United States.
According to reports, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is part of the Department of Energy, has developed technology whereas they are able to scan airline passengers using radio waves to detect metal, liquid, plastic or ceramic objects hidden beneath their clothing. This body scan is completely harmless and is currently being used in 78 different airports in the United States. An agreement has been signed with VisiRay in Corvallis, Oregon to “manufacture devices to detect pests in buildings. The initial target will be bed bugs, sometimes called wall louse, because they may live inside walls as well as in beds and couches.” This much anticipated product would allow “inspectors to see through drywall particle board and view clear images of pests inside walls.” That would be amazing!
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If pest control experts had technology available to them that would enable them to see inside of walls or perhaps mattresses and box springs, finding bed bug infestations would be easier than it currently is. In addition, being able to see exactly where bed bugs are hiding would enable a pest control professional to be able to target the insecticide treatment to the exact location of the bed bug infestation stopping bed bugs in their tracks. There is no word yet as to when this innovative product would become available, but hopefully we will see it soon.