Human Skin Triglycerides Repel Bed Bugs, Study Shows

Bed bugs (insect) are blood-sucking insects that live in close proximity to humans. They have spread around the world and have become one of the most difficult pests to control indoors. They are nocturnal and use several sensory cues to recognize and orientate towards their human hosts. After ingesting food, usually on a sleeping person, … Read more

Human skin lipids found to repel bed bugs

Unlike other human pests, bed bugs only feed on their hosts for a short time before hiding until their next meal. British entomologists have found that this behavior is due to triglycerides on human skin that the beetles repel. Photo credit: Matt Barton, UK Agricultural Communications. Entomology researchers at the University of Kentucky found that … Read more

UK Entomologists: Human Skin Lipids Repel Bed Bugs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 9, 2021) – Entomology researchers at the University of Kentucky found that skin triglycerides, or lipids, prevent bed bugs from staying on human hosts for very long. Their discovery could lead to new management strategies for this important human pest. “We already knew that human body odor, carbon dioxide and heat attract … Read more

University of Kentucky Research: Human Skin Lipids Repel Bed Bugs – PCT

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – Entomology researchers at the University of Kentucky found that skin triglycerides, or lipids, prevent bed bugs from staying on human hosts for very long. Their discovery could lead to new management strategies for this important human pest. “We already knew that human body odor, carbon dioxide and heat attract bed bugs to … Read more

UK researchers find human skin lipids repel bed bugs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ / UK Public Relations) – University of Kentucky entomology researchers found that skin triglycerides, or lipids, prevent bed bugs from staying on human hosts for very long. Their discovery could lead to new management strategies for this important human pest. “We already knew that human body odor, carbon dioxide and heat attract … Read more