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Kansas State researchers discover cheaper methods to kill bedbugs

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.

Researchers at Kansas State University think they’ve found a cheaper way to kill bedbugs. A recent change to bedbug fumigation will make it more cost-effective to get rid of the pests, thanks to the research.

Bedbug infestations in the United States have grown, and the bugs have evolved resistance to many insecticides, the university said in a prepared statement.

Tom Phillips, an entomology professor who specializes in fumigant gases, recently tested a sulfuryl fluoride known as Vikanea, developed by Dow AgroSciences. His research showed it could be effective including at one third of a rate lower.

"This is a good thing because we can be more efficient by using less gas. And from a consumer's standpoint, it will cost less money because less chemical is being used," Phillips said in the statement.

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