Scientists build a better bedbug trap — and it works for cockroaches and grain pests, too

Scientists build a better bedbug trap — and it works for cockroaches and grain pests, too

BY ROSEMARY PARKER
KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

Flour beetles mostly wriggle, German cockroaches run or crawl and bed bugs mostly scrape — and the distinctive sounds those nasty critters make as they creep and crawl into our lives has led scientists to a way to detect and trap them.

After 8 years of research, United States Department of Agriculture scientists at the Agricultural Research Service have devised a way to monitor the unique sounds of insects.
Excerpts from the report, in the March edition of Agriculture Research magazine:

Their objective was to create a device that would make automated insect monitoring not only affordable, but also easy to use and reliable.

Their system uses the sensors to collect infrared, acoustic, and vibrational signals generated by three kinds of insect movements: wriggling, crawling, and scraping. The software analyzes the signals to create a profile of the target insect that distinguishes it from other species.

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