Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bedbug problem? ~ Wasp Hounds to the rescue

Usually the Business Day section of the New York Times doesn't have any insect-related topics included - I guess they are finally becoming a little more enlightened?

This article discusses an idea called the "Wasp Hound." Though technically rudimentray, it relies on the very sophisticated ability for wasps to not only detect minute chemical traces, but also signal they detect it through associative learning techniques that they (much like a dog) can be trained to perform!

In this case, these entomologists have trained them to seek out that modern resurgent scourge - bedbugs!  (Which this blog has followed with some interest)

And hey, they are looking for investors!  A very interesting read - check it out~


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