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NightWatch Bedbug Monitor for pest control operators helps control bed bug outbreak worldwide

PUTNAM, Conn., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSensory, Inc., manufacturer of environmentally-sensitive pest management products to monitor bed bugs and control mosquitoes and biting insects, announces the release of its NightWatch(TM) Bedbug Monitor -- an innovative new product for pest control operators to use to detect bed bug infestations at the earliest stages.

BioSensory developed the NightWatch Bedbug Monitor based on knowledge of a bed bug's physiology and an understanding of how the pest seeks a blood meal, combined with extensive field and laboratory testing. Because bed bugs bite once every 7 to 10 days, a new infestation of a few bed bugs often goes unnoticed. It is undetectable by the person being bitten and by the most expert professionals in the field. At first, the person thinks the bite is a pimple, then a rash. By the time a skin reaction is recognized as insect bites, the infestation has grown to hundreds of bed bugs and eggs and is expensive to eliminate. Early detection is key.

"Unfortunately, due to the cryptic and secretive behaviors of bed bugs, infestations are often not detected for several months or more, allowing the population to become well established," notes Richard Cooper, entomologist/technical director of Bed Bug Central (Lawrenceville, NJ) and co-author of the official Bed Bug Handbook: The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control. "The population distribution of and infestation that is detected early on tends to be rather isolated and can typically be eliminated with relative ease. However, over time, the bugs will disperse and become widely distributed and are much more difficult and expensive to eliminate. For these reasons early detection is absolutely critical in the control of bed bugs and can equate to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in savings during the elimination process."

NightWatch is designed to mimic a living, breathing human body -- combining CO2, a proprietary kairomone lure, and a patented thermal lure for a powerful three-pronged attractant and trapping system. When bed bugs approach to feed on what they think is a human, they fall into the pitfall traps made of highly polished material and cannot escape. NightWatch can catch both mature and immature bed bugs, since the monitor's detection period spans the 7-10 days bed bugs take between meals.

David James, western region manager for Forshaw Distribution, Inc. of Charlotte, NC, conducted a recent field trial using NightWatch in an elderly high rise infested with bed bugs. "In setting up the initial test just to check the functionality of the unit's components, we unexpectedly caught a bed bug in the middle of the day," states Mr. James. "By Monday morning, we had over 50 live bed bugs in the trap even after having treated the room with traditional methods. I was very impressed with our results. Bed bugs are easy to kill but difficult to reach in their deep harborages. NightWatch helps to lure them out not only for capture but to expose them to other IPM control treatments. Once you believe you've gotten rid of them, NightWatch is an important tool for ongoing monitoring."

NightWatch is available for commercial use through distributors of professional pest management products in the U.S., Canada and around the world, including Forshaw Distribution (Charlotte, NC), Residex, LLC (Cranford, NJ), Rhodes Chemical (Kansas City, KS), Steve's Pest Management (Chatham, Ontario, Canada), Target Specialty Products (Santa Fe Springs, CA), and Univar USA (Austin, TX). Consumers may request NightWatch through their local pest control operator.

"We are pleased NightWatch solves two key pieces of the bed bug problem: a monitor that anyone can use, and one that can detect bed bugs the very first time they look for a meal," states Jim Nolen, president of BioSensory, Inc. "NightWatch could become the universal 'smoke detector' that can save millions in cleanup costs and provide peace of mind so people can sleep at night."

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Established in 1996, BioSensory, Inc. is a U.S.-based manufacturer of environmentally sensitive, advanced technology monitors and traps as well as kairomone inhibitors and dispensers to keep biting insects away from people, pets and livestock. Patented and trademarked products include The Dragonfly(R) II, Mosquito 'Cognito(R), Conceal(R) Candles and NightWatch(TM) Bedbug Monitor. Based on extensive laboratory and field studies of each pest's natural biting instincts and physiology, the company has developed a line of products to meet the needs of pest management professionals and consumers alike. When used as part of an Integrated Pest Management system, BioSensory products minimize damage to the environment by reducing the need for insecticides, and denying insects the opportunity to become resistant to pesticides through overuse. Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, the company has developed, tested and distributed environmentally safe products throughout the world. BioSensory is located in the Belding Mills Complex, 107 Providence Street, Putnam, CT 06260 USA. Phone: 860.928.1113; Fax: 860.928.2720; Web:

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