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'Good' Bacteria in Yoghurt may Help to Keep the Bed Bugs at Bay

by VR Sreeraman on August 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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 'Good' Bacteria in Yoghurt may Help to Keep the Bed Bugs at Bay

If there's one thing that absolutely kills off a good sleep, it's bed bugs, but now scientists have found a new way of getting rid of them - by using yoghurt.

Probiotic yoghurt has 'friendly' bacteria. So now scientists say that bed bugs can be wiped out by loading these good bacteria into the mattresses.

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How? The yarn the mattress is made of is dipped in a special vat of liquid containing billions of microscopic capsules.

"When people sleep their body weight applies pressure to the mattress. That pressure breaks some of the capsules and releases friendly bacteria," The Daily Star quoted one expert as saying.
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"The good bacteria treatment lasts for about ten years and that's the -average life of a mattress," the expert added.

Bacteriologists at Belgium's University of Ghent showed that colonies of bugs like dust mites could be wiped out in six weeks.

The beds are to go on sale in the Tesco Direct catalogue.

Source: ANI
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