Scent of alarm identifies male bed bugs

Scent of alarm identifies male bed bugs

Bed bug guys find the girls by trial and error — and smell

By Susan Milius, 15:32 PM October 29, 2009

Male bed bugs get confused in bed. Now a scientist has found a bug chemical signal that translates, “Whoa, buddy. I’m a guy too.”

Male bed bugs grasp and try to mate with any other member of their Cimex lectularius species that has had a full meal of blood recently, says chemical ecologist Camilla Ryne of Lund University in Sweden. Single-minded males don’t seem inclined, or even able, to distinguish other males from females at first.

At first contact, sex recognition for these insects wo...

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