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Old 03-27-2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default Bed bug research success .

Killing bedbugs with a fungus .

Awww , the poor little critters .

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......exposed groups of bedbugs to a formulation containing Beauveria
bassiana, a natural and indigenous fungus that causes disease in insects
but is harmless to humans. The researchers found that exposure to the
biopesticide caused the bedbugs to become infected and die within four to
seven days.

The fungus is a particulate, so when bedbugs walk across a sprayed surface,
they pick up the spores like wet feet in sand. Once covered in the spores,
the bugs spread them around by grooming themselves, and within 20 hours
of exposure, the spores germinate and colonize the body.

The fungal spores stick to the legs of bedbugs much like wet feet in sand,
and the bugs spread the spores around through their natural grooming
habits. Within 20 hours of exposure, the spores germinate and colonize
the body, killing the bedbug in four to seven days.

Of critical importance, the researchers also discovered that they needed to
expose only a small percentage of the population to the fungus to achieve
nearly 100 percent infection, as the exposed bedbugs returned to their
hiding places and physically transferred the spores to the others.

The result was startling, Jenkins said. Rather than needing to spray the
bugs directly, the researchers found that they only needed to strategically
spray the biopesticide on those surfaces where they knew bedbugs would
turn up, such as the perimeter of a box spring.
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If you spray rubbing alcohol on them the do a little death dance and then die, stand on two legs on one side of their bodies. DH says I'm sick and twisted when we had bed bugs I loved spraying them. I did find a natural spray to kill them called Bed Bug Buddy, it's soy oil and cinnamon oil based and after it drys it's non-toxic and you don't have to vacuum seal your house to use it. DS and I felt better about using it over some kind of poison because of the kids and Livi being so young.
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Plying them with alcohol until they dance themselves to death
sounds a lot better than slow death by fungus .
Considering the little buggers want to eat you or DH alive it sounds
quite compassionate to me .


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Plying them with alcohol until they dance themselves to death
sounds a lot better than slow death by fungus .
Considering the little buggers want to eat you or DH alive it sounds
quite compassionate to me .


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Don't they tend to just breed more when plied with alcohol?
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