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Bed bug deterrence

Kenneth F Haynes*, Mark H Goodman and Michael F Potter

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Department of Entomology, S-225 Agricultural Science Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40546, USA

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BMC Biology 2010, 8:117  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-117

Published: 9 September 2010


A recent study in BMC Biology has determined that the immature stage of the bed bug (the nymph) signals its reproductive status to adult males using pheromones and thus avoids the trauma associated with copulation in this species. The success of this nymphal strategy of deterrence is instructive. Against the background of increasing problems with bed bugs, this research raises the question whether pheromones might be used to control them.

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