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Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius L.) Population Composition as Determined by Baited Traps

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Insects 2012, 3(2), 442-452; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects3020442
Received: 17 April 2012 / Revised: 26 April 2012 / Accepted: 27 April 2012 / Published: 30 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers 2012)
Two established field populations of bed bugs were sampled using host-mimicking traps baited with a combination of CO2, heat and a synthetic kairomone. The proportion of first instar nymphs (between 52% and 78% of all captured insects) was significantly higher than reported in previous studies, which had employed different sampling methods. The proportion of adults was correspondingly much lower than previously reported, between 5% and 7% of total capture. As many as 120 bed bugs were captured in a single trap in one night; the variation in catches between sampling locations within the same room and between days at the same location indicates that multiple nights of trapping may be required to obtain an accurate representation of population structure. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cimex lectularius; bed bug; trap; monitor; carbon dioxide; kairomone; population sampling technique Cimex lectularius; bed bug; trap; monitor; carbon dioxide; kairomone; population sampling technique
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Schaafsma, E.J.; Hapke, S.D.; Banfield, M.G. Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius L.) Population Composition as Determined by Baited Traps. Insects 2012, 3, 442-452.

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