Detecting Bedbugs

Request Number REQ3293209
Due Date September 11, 2015
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Detecting Bedbugs
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing Rollins Incorporated, a global multi-million dollar pest control company which markets under various company names including Orkin and Home Team Pest Defense, invites proposals for developing a technology for detecting the presence of bedbugs in residential and commercial establishments.


Bedbugs have been recorded in the United States since the Pilgrims arrived. Over the years, many approaches have been implemented to remove them from residences, multi-family buildings, health-care and hospitality facilities, transportation systems, etc. Rollins/Orkin is the world’s leading pest control company and has developed several effective but labor-intensive methods for detecting and eliminating these insects from an infested area. Although such approaches have proven successful, the biology of the bedbug is such that if only one remains in a location or if one is introduced into an occupied room, it can multiply into an infestation.


Current commercial approaches for detection include glue boards, interceptor traps and other passive or active devices to indicate that bedbugs are present. Although these current technologies have proven somewhat effective, they have not proven successful in assuring customers that, at a given location, bed bugs are present or not, or, subsequent to a treatment, that all the bed bugs have been eliminated. Rollins is very familiar with these approaches and several others, but is seeking alternative technologies to detect the presence of bedbugs, both pre- and post-treatment.


Facts of note:

1. The creatures will die if heated to 122°F for one second or a somewhat cooler temperature for a longer time. Bedding placed into a clothes dryer set to “high heat” will eliminate any bedbugs present during a normal drying cycle.

2. Bedbugs are attracted to CO2, body heat, human body odor and some pheromones.

3. A trained dog can detect viable eggs and live bedbugs, yet the associated chemical compounds attractive to canines have not yet proven feasible to commercially synthesize for detection purposes.


Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

• Provide a process/device/means to alert a trained technician that any bedbugs are present in a room after introduction or post treatment

o Scientific, quantitative and repeatable methods are desired

• Be cost effective


Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept involving performance evaluation either at the supplier’s or at Rollins’ facilities


Phase 2 – Potential licensing, supplier relationship etc.


Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 -- successful development and performance demonstration based on criteria noted above


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

• Electronic sensing devices

• Scanning equipment

• Chemical strategies

• Ultrasonic sensing

• Other approaches


Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

• Any technology commercially available in the marketplace today


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You represent a company that has demonstrated a proof of concept

You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration of a device or process that could be used

You are an inventor who has assigned IP that can be licensed for this application



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