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Sticky Trap Design Considerations for Entrapping Bed Bugs

Center of Biological Control, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA
Department of Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA
School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA
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Insects 2019, 10(6), 177;
Received: 25 April 2019 / Revised: 3 June 2019 / Accepted: 17 June 2019 / Published: 19 June 2019
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Little evidence has been presented on the usefulness of sticky traps for monitoring bed bugs, Cimex lectularius. We examined how the surface roughness around the adhesive of a sticky trap affects both bed bug behavior and adhesive entrapment. In the first assay, bed bugs were placed onto acetate paper discs with different roughness averages (Ra). Each disc was surrounded by sticky trap adhesive and number of captured bed bugs were recorded. The second assay was set up similarly to the first assay except that the outer portion of the acetate disc had a different Ra than the center. In the third assay, bed bugs were placed into circular acetate arenas where they were surrounded by different Ra treatments. The number of times the bed bugs contacted the Ra treatment but did not cross onto the treatment was recorded. Results of these assays showed that as the acetate surfaces got smoother (lower Ra), bed bugs were more likely to get trapped in sticky trap adhesives but also less likely to travel across the smoother surfaces they encountered. A sticky trap design with a smooth plastic film around the adhesive was tested in the field to see if it could capture bed bugs in apartments with known bed bug activity. This trap was not only able to capture bed bugs but was also able to detect unknown German cockroach, Blattela germanica, infestations. Sticky trap designs with smooth surfaces around an adhesive could be used to monitor not only bed bugs but also German cockroaches. View Full-Text
Keywords: surface roughness; bed bug trap; sticky trap; aversion; cockroaches surface roughness; bed bug trap; sticky trap; aversion; cockroaches

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Hottel, B.A.; Pereira, R.M.; Gezan, S.A.; Koehler, P.G. Sticky Trap Design Considerations for Entrapping Bed Bugs. Insects 2019, 10, 177.

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