There’s a reason scientists are often called “mad,” and biologist Regine Gries certainly did her best to earn the moniker with her 5-year-long experiment.

The Huffington Post:

The biologist has been sleeping with bedbugs for five years in a bid to create a repellant for the creepy crawlies.

According to Gries, a certain smell makes the bugs think twice about biting a human.

Bedbugs feed on human blood just as mosquitoes do. Although having bedbugs in your house can be stressful [and some people will develop an uncomfortable rash if bitten by a bug], the (U.K.’s National Healh Services) say they do not carry harmful diseases. Gries is currently developing a liquid repellant based on her findings that she plans to sell commercially in the future.

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—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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