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Highlights

If I blogged about all of the things I did and learned at the International Congress last week, I would never get anything else done. So instead, a highlight reel.

I thought I'd start with something that really tickled my funny bone. There was a booth at the Expo run by Dr. Cogley, featuring his latest innovation, a specialized flea trap.

To get an idea of things, here's his overall website. He gives off something of the air of an evangelist, but I think he has some really good ideas derived from careful study of biology and behavior.

Anyway, his flea trap concept is amazing. It's basically a Roomba-type object that has been modified to incorporate a bunch of flea attractants and then trap the fleas. I don't know the full story on the cues that fleas respond to, but a combination of movement, carbon dioxide, the right lighting, and the right size seems reasonable. On top of all that, if the thing also vacuums, well, that helps regardless of the other components.

It won't completely help, however, when the fleas are primarily living on/in furniture.

Still - it was heartening to see him advertising this approach at the conference.

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On the home front, I also had another idea or two for how to try and assay flea eggs to determine whether or not the baby-killer (lufenuron) is actually working.

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randomdreams
Oct. 2nd, 2016 10:47 am (UTC)
I think there is a tremendous future in autonomous robotic pest hunters. It seems like the ideal way of doing big projects like de-ratting small islands.
shellynoir
Oct. 2nd, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
There's an article somewhere about using moving robots to gather ticks. You have to drag a cloth. My google fu is lacking today.
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