If there’s one thing you don’t want to run into when you’re on vacation, it’s bed bugs!
They’re the scourge of big cities around the world. New York City, for instance, spends tens of millions of dollars each year to try to control the problem.
Luckily, one team of scientists at the University of California at Irvine might have figured out the ultimate solution to stopping these pests in their tracks.
It starts with the bean leaf – which is traditionally used in the Balkans for bed bug defense.
The leaf contains microscopic filaments that ensnare the insect’s feet. And the scientists are hoping to replicate this effect with a synthetic material.
Early results look promising, but it’s not ready for primetime just yet.