VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A woman invited bedbugs into her bed for five years, all in the name of science.
According to KCPQ, Regine Gries has been bitten by more than 1,000 bedbugs each week for the last five years.
180,000 bites later, her sacrifice has paid off.
Gries and her husband Gerhard, both biologist at Simon Fraiser University in Vancouver British Columbia, say they have figured out how to attract and repel the bloodsucking parasites.
After years of research, they found that histamine effectively repelled the tiny insects.
While histamine stops the bugs in their tracks, the scientists say they have five other odors that attract bedbugs and could be used to lure them into traps.
They are working on a formula that can be sold commercially, which means Gries is still feeding the bedbugs every week.
“I’m not too thrilled about this,” she said, “but knowing how much this technology will benefit so many people, it’s all worth it.”