If you've ever pulled back the sheets in a hotel just to make sure there will be no creepy crawlers sleeping with you, you'll appreciate some new research at the University of Kentucky. Researchers there have found that a single kidney bean leaf can trap and kill bed bugs.
"If they get hooked by these tiny little microscopic trichomes, plant hairs that pierce through the legs of the bedbugs, they don't get off and they eventually will die," says Ken Haynes Ph.D., Professor of Entomology at the University of Kentucky.
Haynes and his team are now working with a company to create a product that would mimic the Velcro-like structure of the leaf. All this began after Haynes heard that Europeans used to put kidney bean leaves on the bed for a while and then destroy them before lying down.
The challenge now is finding the technology to make something believable to the bed bugs that would attract them like the leaves do.
Bed bugs are not blamed for any diseases but their bites can cause skin irritations and other infections.
These study findings were published in an online article in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface and can be accessed online at rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org.
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