New Device Spots Bedbugs Before They Bite

by Chris on June 13, 2011

It’s hard to sleep tight when you think there may be bedbugs lurking around your apartment.

Bird-X, a company that has been producing humane and eco-friendly pest and bird repellent products since 1964, has created an early alert system for monitoring bedbugs.

The device, called Bed Bug Alert, was profiled last month at a trade conference and will soon be available in local retail stores.

Bed Bug Alert is a bedbug monitoring device about the size of a business card that slips under the mattress or into other tight spaces where bedbugs are suspected to live, and lets the user know if bedbugs are present. This patent-pending product is the first and only of its kind. 

A special gel inside the device containing human pheromones attracts and traps bedbugs if they are present, alerting the user to the problem.  Otherwise, bedbug bites become the tell-tale sign of an infestation.

Recently, bedbugs have been suspected of carrying human disease, including the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA and VRE, and even Hepatitis and HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal. Scientists are still working to determine the threat of transmission. 

While the Bed Bug Alert may be best suited for home or vacation rental use where a landlord has access to frequently monitor the system, this alert could be helpful for calming long-term tenants who are worried about an infestation, or a resurgence after a unit has been treated.

That way, everyone–tenants and landlords alike, can sleep a little easier.

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