Bed Bug Traps
Bed bug traps come in different configurations, colors, sizes and methods of entrapment. They can be as complicated as an electrical plug-in that generates CO2 and heat and is simple as a piece of double stick tape around a bed leg. We have some pictures of traps below:
The first one to the left is a bedbug trap called the NightWatch. This unit generates both heat and CO2 and is therefore considered an active monitor. This unit mimics the CO2 release of a sleeping person as well as supplies the heat so that it works as a good attractant. This unit costs between $400 and $500 And we have found that results are somewhat sporadic. The second trap considered a passive trap because it does not do anything except sit and provide an area that bedbugs find attractive due to the tight between the layers of the cardboard. These can be placed between the mattress and the boxspring and also an area surrounding a room and checked on a regular basis. Again our results with this trap have not been spectacular. The next picture is a climb up. These are considered a passive trap and studies by Dr. Dini Miller from the University of Virginia show that the Climb-up is a very effective trap given enough time. Couple that trap with a cup of dry ice and it will greatly increase its efficiency at capturing bed bugs. This is due to the CO2 that is put off by the degradation of the dry ice. The fourth trap is another passive bedbug trap called a blackout climb – up. This has machined interior that is very smooth and the bedbugs cannot climb out of it once they are trapped within that chamber. The benefit of this trap is that it does not need to be dusted with talcum powder to remain effective and also the coloring has been shown to be 30% more effective than the white unit that is available on the market. Homemade traps can be made as well by using double stick tape, Vaseline, and items you may have around the house that you can use to isolate your bed or couch from bedbug exploration. Remember that with any of these devices regular monitoring is important and especially with the passive traps you must make sure that the couch or bed is isolated from the wall and also that there are no blankets or pillows that would allow alternative routes of exposure.