AMBLER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bed bug reproduction and feeding are significantly reduced by ActiveGuard® fabric, according to a study published by Susan Jones, Ph.D. and her team of urban entomologists at The Ohio State University. “Sublethal Effects of ActiveGuard Exposure on Feeding Behavior and Fecundity of the Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae)” demonstrated that even highly resistant bed bugs lay markedly fewer eggs when exposed to ActiveGuard for as little as ten minutes, and that almost all female bed bugs lost the ability to deposit eggs. The study appears in the April 1, 2015 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Entomology; the research was supported by a grant from Allergy Technologies LLC.
Dr. Jones also demonstrated that after contact with ActiveGuard fabric, bed bugs were significantly less likely to attempt to feed. “Feeding in bed bugs and fecundity are very tightly coupled,” Jones said. “If a female bed bug doesn’t feed, then she is unlikely to lay eggs, and if she doesn’t lay eggs, then the life cycle is interrupted.”
Sublethal effects are defined as behavioral changes observed after exposure to ActiveGuard but prior to the bugs' death. They begin to develop after only one minute of contact with ActiveGuard. Dr. Jones’ research approach merits a new look at how pesticides may affect bed bugs well before the classic endpoint of death.
The results of this study have practical applications for long-term prevention and control of bed bugs. “When a bed bug cannot feed, the results are fewer bites; a loss in the ability of nymphs to mature; and the inability of adults to reproduce. This translates to profound long-term effects on the reduction of bed bug populations," said Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, maker of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners.
This study may also provide insight and an important bridge to previously published field research showing significant reductions in bed bug incidents in hotels and shelters when using ActiveGuard as a long term preventative solution.
ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are made from special polyester fabric that offers sustained availability of permethrin uniformly over time. ActiveGuard is used by hotels, cruise lines, medical facilities, colleges, in private homes, and by pest management professionals.
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