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Bean Leaves Can Trap Bedbugs, Researchers Find

April 9, 2013

bedbug on bean leaf; bedbug leg trapped (right) Inspired by a traditional Balkan bedbug remedy, researchers have documented how microscopic hairs on kidney bean leaves effectively stab and trap the biting insects, according to findings published online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Kentucky are now developing materials that mimic the geometry of the leaves. Full Story

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