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KSU Researchers Laud Cheaper Bedbug Remedy

Associated Press - July 18, 2014 6:10 am

Kansas State University recently announced that it received a $50 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Kansas State University recently announced that it received a $50 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Researchers at Kansas State University say their research and a recent change in bedbug fumigation will make it cheaper to get rid of the pests.

A prepared statement from the university says bedbug infestations in the U.S. have grown and the bugs have developed a resistance to many insecticides.

Entomology professor Tom Phillips specializes in fumigant gases. He recently tested a sulfuryl fluoride known as Vikanea and found that it could be effective even at one-third of the rate of other products.

Phillips says his discovery means consumers will pay less money to get rid of bedbugs because less chemical is being used.

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Information from: The Wichita Eagle

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