Vancouver woman allows herself to be bitten by thousands of bedbugs for study developing new bait trap

Bedbugs be gone! These insects can pop up just about anywhere. They’re in apartments, churches, hospitals, laundromats, movie theaters, your neighborhood offices, and yes, often times, hotels. New York Daily News; Jason Silverstein, shares this article bringing hope for a solution to the growing bedbug infestation.

 

Regine Gries and her husband Gerhard are biologists at Simon Fraser University. They teamed up years ago to tackle a trap that could kill bedbugs, with Regine subjecting herself to thousands of bites for a bait that could be available later this year.

Here’s one noble cause no New Yorker would ever consider.

A Vancouver biologist has offered herself to be bitten by tens of thousands of bedbugs in a years-long project to try eliminating the vile vermin.

Regine Gries has willingly been bitten by more than 1,000 bedbugs every week over the past five years, Q13 Fox reports.

The charitable chomping is part of a study Gries is doing with her husband and fellow biologist, Gerhard, for Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Regine told the university she volunteered for the study because she is immune to the bites and only suffers small rashes from them.

The critter-courting couple is figuring out how to attract and repel the insects to develop a bait trap to banish bedbugs.

The professors figured out that bedbugs communicate by odor. They discovered several chemicals that can trick bedbugs into pursuing shelter — perfect for luring them to a deadly trap — and also learned bedbugs are repelled by histamine, a chemical compound released by the body during allergic reactions.

The results of the painful project were published in Angewandte Chemie, an international chemistry journal, in December.

Gries and her husband are working with a British Columbia company, Contech Enterprises, to develop the first widely available bedbug bait trap, which is expected later in 2015.

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