A recent study in BMC Biology has determined that the immature stage of the bed bug (the nymph) signals its reproductive status to adult males using pheromones and thus avoids the trauma associated with copulation in this species. The success of this nymphal strategy of deterrence is instructive. Against the background of increasing problems with bed bugs, this research raises the question whether pheromones might be used to control them.
See research article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7007/8/121.
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Haynes, Kenneth F.; Goodman, Mark H.; and Potter, Michael F., "Bed bug deterrence" (2010). Entomology Faculty Publications. 38.