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Can Bed Bug Traps Be Used to Solve an Infestation Problem?

Can Bed Bug Traps Be The Answer?
Can Bed Bug Traps Be The Answer?

The new technology of bedbug attracting pheromone traps is making headlines these days. But could these new traps really work to solve your infestation problems?

The theory
Bedbugs communicate using special chemicals called pheromones. Certain pheromones – called aggregate pheromones – send a signal to bugs after they’ve finished feeding to return to a certain spot for refuge.

Pheromone cocktail
Replicating aggregation pheromones produced by bedbugs, a special, six chemical blend has been synthesized which both attracts bedbugs – and compels them to stay put. The synthetic chemical blend in the trap is being marketed for those experiencing light to moderate bedbug infestations. Attracted to the traps, bedbugs can be isolated, killed, and discarded.

Could this really be an end to your bedbugs?
Yes and no. Though the trap is highly effective, it only takes a single female to begin an infestation, so unless you capture every last bug in the building, you could be hitting the “instant replay” button.

A great weapon in the bedbug arsenal
The new traps are expected to be a great tool in the fight against bedbug infestation, however due to the pervasive nature of the pests, they will not be a once and done, one-size-fits all solution. You should expect to employ multiple methods to ensure effective eradication.

Ready to see the all-clear signal in the fight against bedbugs? End the battle now. Contact Stern today.

NightWatch, Is It The New Silver Bullet For Bed Bug Control?

Nightwatch bed bug monitorCould 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.