Breakthrough in Bed Bug Detection Debuts
Groundbreaking technology offers long-term, proactive monitoring of bed bugs
The Verifi™ bed bug detector from FMC Corporation is a breakthrough in bed bug detection technology. It is the first bed bug detection tool to provide continuous detection of bed bugs for up to 90 days at a time in a small, easy-to-use device. Verifi provides hotels and their guests with peace of mind in the face of an ever-worsening bed bug epidemic.
Verifi is the first bed bug detection device to provide three months of active detection before re-activating with affordable replacement components. A pest management professional can quickly and easily install the device for year-round monitoring in hotel rooms, lounges, storage rooms, conference rooms and many other areas where bed bugs may become a problem. And unlike canine and other detection methods, Verifi is discrete and unobtrusive, operates silently, and does not require the room to be out of service.
This breakthrough bed bug detection technology works via an exclusive, patent-pending combination of three bed bug lures, including:
- A CO2-generating cartridge which mimics a living, breathing host,
- A liquid kairomone lure that works to attract bed bugs seeking a meal, and
- A liquid pheromone lure that encourages bed bugs to aggregate in the device.
“In addition, the Verifi design ensures that the lures are vented appropriately so that there are no mixed-signals,” said Rick Ekins, marketing manager at FMC. “Hungry bed bugs are attracted to the kairomones vented through the pitfall where they will fall in and cannot escape. An aggregation pheromone vents out the back toward the harborage, which is designed to create a favorable environment for bed bugs to hide.”
With Verifi there’s no need to disassemble a room to perform an inspection. The self-adhering detector fits almost anywhere, including behind and underneath furniture. A single pest control technician can install it within minutes, reducing the cost and disruption required by visual inspections, canine inspection teams or the bulky machines currently used for detection.
Verifi provides three levels of guest protection. It helps detect current infestations and gives the pest management professional valuable information required to define an effective treatment program. After treatment, Verifi can be used to confirm that treatments were successful and provide ongoing detection to ensure that bed bugs are gone or to identify any new bed bugs that are introduced.
Dr. Susan Jones, associate professor of entomology, The Ohio State University, was one of several notable bed bug experts who tested the device prior to its debut. “The Verifi bed bug detector can be left in place long-term. It is relatively small and unobtrusive,” she said. “I would think a lot of hotels would want to put them in every room.”
For more information, visit www.verifibedbug.com.
NOTE: Verifi is not a bed bug control product; it is intended for detection of bed bugs only and does not prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate bed bugs or any other pest. FMC offers a variety of products and formulations registered for control bed bugs, as well as other economically important pests.
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About FMC Corporation
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2010, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.1 billion. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.
Always read and follow use directions. Verifi is intended for detection of bed bugs only and does not prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate bed bugs or any other pest. FMC and Verifi are trademarks of FMC Corporation. © 2011 FMC Corporation. All rights reserved.