Entomology (Study of Bugs)/How to raise bed bugs


Mr Saugstad, I have the same problem that you had when it comes to raising bedbugs. I am a K-9 trainer/ handler. I am looking to train a bedbug dog. I am finding that bedbugs are expensive to purchase. I would appreciate any advice on raising and maintain a colony of bedbugs.


Dear Anthony - See http://tinyurl.com/oa3epl5 for some pretty good suggestions. Also, one of the top experts in this field is an ex-Army colleague of mine, see http://tinyurl.com/p3p7yva for details on his work. Please send me a private message, and I will provide current contact information for him.

Hope this helps,

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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