Connecticut Patent of the Month – September 2021

Nobody likes bed bugs. Nobody. So you might be sad to hear that recent data suggest bed bug infestations may be on the rise. Likely, this rise is due to a building insecticide resistance. It is also due in part to pest control services switching to low-toxicity gel-based pesticides which control cockroaches. In prior days, they would have used a residual spray which would take care of cockroaches as well as any other insect pests in the immediate area. This change to gel-based pesticide means pest control is letting bed bugs slip right past them. Bedoukian Research, Inc. has taken it upon themselves to develop a new and effective pest control method for eradicating bed bugs.

Their formulation can be adapted to use a variety of chemicals, though the preferred formulation includes compounds such as gamma-dodecalactone, methyl apritol, and 3-methyl-5-pentyl-2-cyclohexenone. The inhibitory effect is controlled based on the compound used and can therefore be stronger or weaker as needed. This also allows the repellent to be deployed in numerous ways, including a (1)spray, (2) an injection, (3) an additive, or (4) absorbed into a fabric, or a (6) topical application. 

A spray can be applied to surfaces or fabrics as needed. A topical application can be applied to the skin to help prevent bed bugs from biting. An injectable version could be incorporated into the manufacturing process of things like mattresses and furniture. Absorbed into fabrics such as cloth or dryer sheets provides a portable and readily available repellent which can be placed in mattresses, suitcases and so on. Finally, an additive could be incorporated into items like laundry detergent to help provide bed bug repellant within the fabric of your clothes.

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