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Bed Bug Biopesticide in Development

A new fungal-based biopesticide currently in development by scientists at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in State College, PA, shows a high level of effectiveness in eradicating bed bugs resistant to insecticides.

The patent-pending compound is a mycoinsecticide, a compound based on Beauveria bassiana, a natural fungus known to spread disease among insects. Against multiple species of bed bugs, including insecticide resistant strains, the compound showed a 14-day mortality rate of 95.5 to 99 percent, according to studies conducted by PSU and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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