Materials enlisted in the fight against bedbugs

by | Apr 22, 2013

New York firm has developed an artificial, micro-fiber spider web to stop bedbugs, termites and other pests without the use of harmful and toxic chemicals.

A breakthrough and innovative solution to the growing plague of bedbugs is about to impact the lives of people suffering from one of the world’s most tenacious pests. Fibertrap is a New York based firm that has developed a revolutionary new way to stop bedbugs, termites and other pests without the use of harmful and toxic chemicals and instead by using an artificial, micro-fiber spider web.

As the war against bedbugs rages on these nasty insects have become increasingly resistant to pesticides and other common methods of pest control. Fibertrap’s ground-breaking new method addresses the fundamental weakness in all bedbugs and pests: mobility. Utilizing micro-fibers 50 times thinner than human hair, Fibertrap entangles the bugs as they crawl trapping them in the man-made web. Without the ability to move and seek food the creatures will die, ceasing re-production and preventing the establishment of infestation.

Most often, bedbugs move between walls via electrical outlets to unsuspecting home and business owners. To help prevent bedbug migration, Fibertrap intends to produce easy to use traps and insulation products using this innovative new web-like material that will allow the consumer to protect their homes, apartments, offices and dorm rooms with ease and peace of mind.

“We are very excited to move this advancement from the lab to the consumer. Our goal has always been to make a difference for people living in areas where bedbugs are pervasive and difficult to eradicate,” says Fibertrap co-founder, Kevin McAllister. “Our use of cutting edge materials and an out-of-the-box product development approach has allowed us to introduce a brand new weapon in the fight against one of the most difficult pests to kill.”

This new, patent-pending technology was evaluated by a team of researchers from the Materials Science & Engineering Lab at SUNY Stony Brook University. Live bedbugs were used to test the Fibertrap successfully and subsequently live termites were also stopped by the technology. Additionally, the fibers can be infused with Nano-particles bound with pesticides or coagulants which would penetrate the outer shell of the pest and kill it from within.

Source: Firetrap

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