…or get rid of them, once and for all!
There might be a remedy coming and as ever so often, Mother Nature makes the pest…and Mother Nature delivers the cure.
Now we just need to find out, how to make it work!

Bed- bugs have been with us as long as there have been beds…or humans living together that is, because contrary to their name, bed- bugs do not exclusively live in beds.
And they have been with us as long as head- lice, pubic- lice or cockroaches.
They can turn a good night’s sleep into an itching and twitching nightmare and as if that wasn’t enough, transmit diseases and allergies of all kind.
For years, there was no help but… chemistry!

American scientists have now dug up a solution, that is as old as beds themselves.
They found sources, telling about Eastern European housewives in the 1920′s, spreading bean- leaves in the bed-bud infested rooms.
In the morning, big quantities of the small critters were to be found on the bean- leaves which then got burned.
Problem solved!
Not so fast….

First: how does the bed-bug-trap work?
It was determined, that small hooks on the leaves, “drilled” into the bed-bugs- legs joint and when the arachnid tried to struggle free, the hook not only adjusted itself tighter to the already captured leg, but other hooks also got hold of the joints on the other legs.
The little troublemaker is trapped.
Problem solved!
Not so fast…

The question remains, how we can actually utilize this for our private homes?
Would you like to check into a hotel, where the floor is covered with bean- leaves…and wouldn’t that give you an idea, it might be better, to look for a different hotel?

The earlier mentioned scientists have tried to develop “artificial bean- leaves” with micro-hooks, seen in Mother Nature’s own workshop.
Unfortunately, they were not solid enough and used to break off all the time, which was leading to rather unsatisfactory results in the number of trapped bed- bugs!

So at the moment and until scientists find a way to built stronger “leaves” with better “hooks”, we are stuck with chemicals…or bean- leaves on the floor!

 

(Source: The New York Times/ Science section)