Bed bug infestations have grown exponentially and researchers at Pennsylvania State University answered the call. They showed that immobile fungus spores sprayed onto a surface can infect bed bugs. The exposed bed bugs carry the pathogen back to their nests to infect other bed bugs, and die within 3-4 days. This research led to the creation of Aprehend, a nontoxic biopesticide.
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