How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks

How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks

By FELICITY BARRINGER
Published: April 9, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com
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Megan W. Szyndler and Catherine Loudon/University of California, Irvine Hooks on the bean leaf exploit thinner areas in the bedbug’s exoskeleton to trap it, scientists have discovered. The more the bug struggles to raise its legs to free itself, the more stuck it gets.

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Generations of Eastern European housewives doing battle against bedbugs spread bean leaves around the floor of an infested room at night. In the morning, the leaves would be covered with bedbugs that had somehow been trapped there. The leaves, and the pests, were collected and burned — by the pound, in extreme infestations.

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