A recent study lead by John Steele, an emergency physician at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk revealed that bed bugs would die after biting people who were treated with Merck & Co’s (MRK) Stromectol.
Three out five bed bugs died after sucking the blood of those who had taken Stromectol, also called Ivermectin, which is used to treat diseases caused by worm parasites. The drug along with conventional measures like pesticides may help eliminate bed bugs.
“Ivermectin is effective against a broad range of insects — body lice, head lice, scabies,” Sheele said in an interview. “What I’d like to be able to do is a real-world experiment where we find people who have bed bugs, treat them with the regimen and see does it get rid of their infestation.”