Since the resurgence of bed bugs about ten years ago, researchers across the world have been on the hunt for new and innovative ways to treat bed bug infestations. There are interesting bed bug products, services, treatments, and now with any luck, there could be a potential medication that humans can take that will help kill bed bug infestations in their homes.
The Columbus Dispatch reported on November 14, 2012, that a study is being done on Merck’s Stromectol, also called Ivermectin, which is a treatment that is typically used for treatment against parasitic worms. According to reports, promising research on the study was presented at a scientific meeting in Atlanta on Monday by John Sheele, and emergency physician at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.
In Sheele’s study, bed bugs of different life stages were allowed to feed upon three colleagues and himself before the drug was taken. After the Ivermectin was taken by the researchers, the bed bugs were allowed to feed again. What was found is that the bloodsuckers became sick and were dying after consuming their drug induced blood. According to their study, the bed bugs were most susceptible to death on the first day that Ivermectin was taken, but the researchers found that after 54 hours, 42% of the adult bed bugs were killed.
The Columbus Dispatch reports… “Ivermectin is effective against a broad range of insects — body lice, head lice, scabies,” Sheele said. “What I’d like to be able to do is a real-world experiment where we find people who have bed bugs, treat them with the regimen and see does it get rid of their infestation.”
If this drug is proven to be affective in combination with pest control treatments against bed bug infestations, it would be a huge victory in the war against these bloodsucking pests. There is not mention as to what, if any, side effects, the drug has on humans, but that information will surely be reported in the days to come. For now, let’s all rejoice in the fact that there could be something new on the horizon to help speed up the eradication of bed bugs in the United States!