A young engineer from Angers has just developed a bedbug trap, which won a silver medal in the 2023 Lépine competition.
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Cinema, metro, performance hall… Psychosis has intensified in recent months around bedbugs. Even if they have been present for millennia, it must be said that the phenomenon is on the rise because of the evolution of our increasingly nomadic lifestyles and the growing resistance to insecticides, but in no case because of hygiene. According to the National Health Security Agency(Anses) more than one in 10 French homes was infested between 2017 and 2022. There are several control methods, physical, biological or chemical, but Anses specifies “ that no single method can be effective in eliminating bedbugs from an infested habitat » and recommends favoring alternatives to chemical insecticides.
Trapping Bed Bugs
Among them, a device invented by BugSafe offers a solution that is simple, discreet and economical, which also won a silver medal in the Lépine 2023 competition. It is an interceptor to be placed between the feet of the bed and the box spring. It is composed of an outer circular surface grainy enough to allow bedbugs to climb and a smooth inner cavity, called a pitfall. These charming little insects are in fact naturally attracted by the signals emitted by their victim (such as heat, kairomones or CO2) but being devoid of pulvilles, they cannot escape. All that remains is to open the cup and empty it.
A good investment to protect yourself from bites
Of course, the interceptor alone cannot eradicate bedbugs, but it is a good way to detect their presence, assess the level of infection and prevent possible bites. Especially since, if they are no longer visible, this in no way guarantees their total disappearance: they are capable of surviving for a year through a sort of hibernation during which their metabolism slows down in order to adapt to the lack of food. When we know that the average time to eradicate an infestation is two and a half months, and that it costs on average €1,250, the €99 of BugSafe trap can prove to be a good investment.
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