New reports are in the press about an idea from Dr Johnathan M. Sheele. He is an emergency medicine specialist at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is rounding up student/volunteers to test a new idea in the war on BedBugs, and was featured in the New York Times. [see the link below]

Could you take a pill, at bed-time, then avoid being bitten by Bedbugs?

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Before I talk about why taking a pill is going to be ineffective, Let’s give Dr Sheele a chance to tell his side of the story, [with the VERY IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER THAT YOU SHOULD NOT START TAKING THE PILLS DISCUSSED in the next section of this blog-post.

First, the theory is: if you have a “poison” in your blood, that doesn’t effect the human host body, the BedBugs will eat the poison as they feed. It’s the same basic theory behind bait-traps used to kill mice, rats, and made famous by the “roach-motel” TV commercials. So far so good. It’s a little questionable, but I’ll be fair and continue. The medical term is: xenointoxication. In Greek, [they did the earliest medical “research”] it translates to “poisoning the guest.” Dr. Sheele did some test and found over 60 percent of the bedbugs died after volunteers took a single dose of a common pill used to kill heartworms in dogs. Bigger or more regular doses might improve the lethality. The study was tiny and statistically insignificant. Using 4-6 “guinea-pig” students wouldn’t win you a Nobel Prize or BigPharma research funding, but it is being used in 3rd world counties for target specific diseases. [as stated deep in the linked article].

From a practical stand-point, this is a solution, looking for a problem to solve, and killing BedBugs isn’t a problem that xenointoxication fixes cost effectively either. BedBugs do NOT spread disease, so [while admittedly very embarrassing] there will never be a huge national health crisis alert for BedBugs. Remember the early Lime-Disease scare, before the discovery that it was transmitted by ticks? That effort was required because of real deaths and disease. It continues as a real hazard each fall. BedBugs will never rise to the level of Public Health Department panic or alerts. [Which is one of the reasons they spread so easily, on buses, trains, metro-rail, to movie theaters, Dr Offices and from home to home.]
Another problem is the cost. The drug [again, not mentioning it specifically, by name], This drug isn’t cheap at about $40 per dose [with no generic equivalent available] You would need to “treat” the entire family, because [as we often report] BedBugs are hitch-hikers and will migrate from room to room, house to house and from movie theater to bedroom with ease. It become impractical.

What we learned:
Everyone is aware of BedBugs and would love to find a “silver-bullet” solution. I’m MrBedBug. And I’m the chief spokes-Bug for EcoBugFree, the Bedbug Eliminator product. It’s a little tough for me to look down on a BigPharma company for seeing the additional use for an existing profitable drug.
The Bottom line is: [as we often repeat] the only solution to a Bedbug infestation is to KILL the BED BUGS. They can’t be “mitigated”, or migrated away from your home. There is no “repellant” that will over-come they basic need to feed. The only food-source for a BedBug is YOU. Bug-sprays and gimmick devices might temporarily mask the problem, but the BedBugs in your home will return to feed, as soon as the spray dissipates or the hunger overcomes the threat of capture.

Here is a link to the original NY Times article about Dr Johnathan M. Sheele’s reasearch

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