Bed Bugs And Fungus…Bad For Bed Bugs, Good For Humans

Reports of bed bug infestations might be slightly better in New York City, but in most other areas of the United States, bed bugs are still in full attack mode.  Some parts of the United States are just seeing the bloodsuckers in their communities and pest control experts are scrambling to keep up with their new enemy.

Entomologists throughout the world are continuously looking for new ways to combat bed bug infestations.  New research has been completed by four entomologists who could have the most promising results that have been found to date.  Their study has been reported in the most recent issue of the “Journal of Invertebrate Pathology”.

According to PHYS.ORG on November 20, 2012, the scientists have tested a natural fungus which causes diseases in insects to see if the “superbug” is susceptible to the fungus.  Beauveria bassiana (the fungus) was sprayed on paper and cotton jersey material and allowed to dry overnight.  Then groups of 10 bed bugs were placed on the fungus exposed surface for one hour.  The bed bugs were then removed and placed in a petri dish where their progress could be monitored.

The amazing news is that five days after being exposed to the fungus, all of the bed bugs were indeed infected and killed by the fungus.  In even better news, because bed bugs like to harbor together, the fungus was transferred to all of the other bed bugs which were not previously exposed to the fungus. This is amazing news!

The scientists are hoping to begin field work soon.  It would be great to see a biopesticide be created so that pest control professionals have another option to offer consumers in the fight against these blood sucking pests. Until then, if you have bed bug in New York, NYC, or New Jersey, contact SternEnvironmental Group.