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The United States of Bedbug Innovators

Posted: October 4th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Because we want to keep you abreast of all the latest in bedbug news and information, we pored over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Website looking for new developments in bedbug related technology.  We were hoping to find the equivalent of the tin cans tied together with string in bedbug contraptions.  To our surprise, there was very little to be found in the manner of such devices and doohickeys.  In point of fact only three patents, all dating 2010, mention the term “bedbug” or ‘bed bug” by name in the title.  The majority of patents that reference bedbugs are for pesticides that list “Cimex lectularius as among the potential intended targets within the specification.

The term “bedbug” becomes more common patent parlance in 2010, with two mechanical patents.  One was for a bedbug detector.  This sensor picks up on some biochemical substance that indicates bedbugs.  At first, this sounds like a funny idea.  I mean, if we needed something complicated to detect bedbugs, they wouldn’t really be a problem, would they?  I can think of some other handy dandy bedbug detectors- my arms and legs.  I should patent them as well.  But also because they are so very shapely.  But don’t forget that many infestations are very mild, the evidence is difficult to find, and the bedbugs themselves unseen. In the cases of most businesses, you don’t get human bait sleeping there (unless you count my under-the-desk naps).  And so these detectors are a critical element in early detection of small problems.

The other mechanical bedbug patent was for a bed bug monitor.  This device can either be a standalone detector or a detector with a trap.  In the case of the latter, the trap is a glue board which is meant to provide the actual evidence of bedbugs.  In the case of the former, a standalone detection device,  it employs attractants to bedbugs such as pheromones, heat and bedbug food.  Which at first sounds hilarious.  If I knew there was a device out there that could actually attract bedbugs, I sure as hell would go out and buy that right away.  Because one thing I mostly certainly want to attract is bedbugs.  But the point of this device is not to call up the neighborhood bedbugs and invite them over for a party (bedbugs do not use telephones) but to lure the varmints to the device or trap to speed an early detection, when the problem is small enough to go otherwise unnoticed. All available information indicates that early detection is integral to heading off an infestation.

In the real products department, see also: the Bedbug Beacon – CO2 Monitor and the BB Alert Passive Monitor and the Climbup – Insect Interceptor.

Honorable mention in the area of bedbug invention, goes to the owner of this design patent: