The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have identified a new bed bug aggregation pheromone, which acts as a powerful lure. A part of (LSHTM), Vecotech Ltd, have received a grant of £220, 034 to help commercialise the product. This product could help in the early detection of bed bugs which would lead to more effective control.
Professor James Logan, of Vecotech and Head of Department of Disease Control at LSHTM, said:
“Bed bug control remains one of the most lucrative and growing markets in the pest management industry globally and insect numbers are also reported to be increasing rapidly.”
Early detection allows for treatment to be applied much sooner and does not give bed bugs the time to establish and multiply – making the insecticidal treatment much more effective and eradication easier.