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A New Way to Battle Bedbugs: Fake Them Out

Getting rid of bedbugs is notoriously difficult, but sometimes people aren’t even sure if they have the critters in the first place.

Now scientists at Canada’s Simon Fraser University have harnessed the dreaded, hard-to-shake bugs’ own chemical signals to trap them at low cost and no apparent risk to people. Five key chemicals isolated by the researchers falsely signal to the bugs that shelter is at hand, while a sixth, histamine, gets them to stay put.

In experiments in bedbug-infested apartments in Vancouver, traps with about 10 cents worth of the chemicals sucked in hundreds of bedbugs night after night, according to Gerhard Gries, one of the scientists.

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