Building A Better Bed Bug Trap Using Bean Leaves
Although its mechanisms werenât known at the time, the tactic dates back to at least 1678, when the English philosopher John Locke wrote of placing kidney bean leaves under the pillow or around the bed to keep bed bugs from biting as he traveled through Europe.
In the early twentieth century, the approach was also common throughout the Balkans, according to a 1927 report from the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Army. That report suggested the leaves stunned the bloodsucking bugs as they traveled from hiding places to their sleeping hosts during the night; in the morning, the bug-covered leaves were removed and burned.
âThe inconvenience of bean leaves is that not everyone wants them scattered around their bed room.â Synthetics mimicking the surface of the bean leaf, however, could be placed âas a ring around the bed legs, a floor mat at the door, a strip on the bed board, it could be something one putâs in oneâs suitcase,â
Very cool. The chemical assault on bed buds is failing all over the world. A new vector to assist in the fight against bed bugs will be most welcome. It is interesting to learn the scientific reasons that explain why some folk remedies work.