Some “Green” Oils Can Stop a Bed Bug—But Many Can’t

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By Andrew Porterfield Could the answer to a burgeoning bed bug problem come from another popular trend, essential oils? Not from most oils, say researchers from Rutgers University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, though a few oils—particularly silicone and paraffin oils—show some potential. Over the past 10 years, the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) […]

Chemicals Used by Insects for Communication May be Employed to Control Them

Most insects use chemical signals for a wide variety of functions, such as communicating species and sex. Social insects, such as ants that live in colonies, can also differentiate the different castes — workers, queens, and drones — according to the chemical cues. If these chemicals could be isolated, they could theoretically be exploited to […]