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A High-Performance Vacuum Cleaner for Bed Bug Sampling: A Useful Tool for Medical Entomology

Jean-Michel Bérenger, Lionel Almeras, Hamza Leulmi, Philippe Parola
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjv019 513-515 First published online: 18 March 2015


Arthropods can be captured by two modes: a passive mode using traps or an active mode mainly based on the use of mouth or powered aspirators. These apparatuses are useful tools for collecting large numbers of crawling, flying, resting, or jumping arthropod specimens, particularly small specimens, such as mosquitoes or sandflies, for laboratory experiments or breeding. Different aspirator models are used to collect various arthropod specimens. However, to our knowledge, no specific system is currently available for the reliable sampling of live bed bugs in the field. Thus, we described a new system based on a classic autonomous house aspirator that requires few modifications for the collecting bed bugs. The low weight and size of this apparatus is advantageous, and it provides for rapid and secure bed bug sampling for medical entomology purposes.

  • bed bug
  • vacuum system
  • arthropod sampling
  • medical entomology
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