The new way to kill bedbugs: take a pill and go to bed and let them bite you. A few days later, they die.
The technique is known as xenointoxication, which sounds like intergalactic beer pong but in medical pathology is Greek for â€œpoisoning the guest.â€ In Dr. Sheeleâ€™s study, over 60 percent of the bedbugs died after volunteers like Mr. Tran took a single pill. Bigger or more regular doses might improve the lethality.
And itâ€™s not as if the drug is rare and dangerous. Itâ€™s already in thousands of American households: ivermectin, the active ingredient in the beef-flavored Heartgard Chewables that kill heartworm in dogs.