A preliminary evaluation of the potential of Beauveria bassiana for bed bug control

Alexis M. Barbarin, Nina Ellen Jenkins, Edwin George Rajotte, Matthew Brian Thomas

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Abstract

Residual biopesticide treatments of Beauveria bassiana were tested against the bed bug Cimex lectularius. An oil formulation of conidia was applied to different substrates. Bed bugs were exposed for 1. h, transferred to an unsprayed environment and monitored for mortality. Separate bioassays evaluated the effect of bed bug strain, sex, life stage, and exposure substrate on mortality. Rapid mortality was observed in all bioassays, with bed bugs exposed to treated jersey knit cotton dying most rapidly. A further assay demonstrated efficient autodissemination of conidia from exposed bed bugs to unexposed bed bugs within artificial harborages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of invertebrate pathology
Volume111
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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