Pill to Fight Bed Bugs Janay Rickwalder
Monday, December 31, 2012
Many media outlets are reporting on a recent breakthrough
study from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which found that
common deworming medications can be effective in killing bed bugs.
The drug – called Ivermectin – is the active ingredient in
heartworm medication for dogs, and the human version is commonly
prescribed for travelers who pick up worms overseas. The study
found that more than 60 percent of bed bugs die after feeding on
humans that have taken the drug.
Although a bed bug pill has not been brought to the market,
the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) cautions that
it would not be a complete solution to treating an infestation.
Should such medications be approved for use in controlling bed
bugs, they will need to be used in tandem with professional pest
control measures, which are necessary to eliminate bed bugs in all
lifecycles and areas of the home. Prevention will
remain key in controlling the bed bug epidemic.