General Information

Bed bug infestation is rather an unpleasant thing, you know. You might have heard some terrible stories about dealing with bed bugs in the hotels, hostels, apartments, offices or even at home. These stories can cause horror and disgust. Though, it’s still worse when you have faced this problem yourself. It does not matter whether it is clean or dirty in your surroundings. Bed bugs can be brought from the outside, from some hotels and dormitories; they can travel in someone’s luggage or just move from place to place by means of clothes, carpets and other things. So, what to do if you have already suspected having a bed bug infestation, but probably you cannot prove it properly? The first thing to do is to be ready to make bed bug traps both to detect the infestation and to get rid of it.


Why Do You Need to Trap a Bed Bug?

You are not able to detect the bed bugs in some bed bug infestations. They may be so rare that can’t be watched. The reason why they are not found in beds is that these pests leave the bed to hide in some cracks in boards, crevices in the walls, or pieces of furniture in the daytime. They may also occupy dark places under carpets, curtainsand mats. One of the biggest bed bug challenges is that you may never know whether they are your neighbors. They can bite you badly now and again, but you will never find a live insect. It’s impossible to notice any bed bug cast skins, or fecal spots because they are rather tiny. You may face a real problem, if you desire to make a landlord or a property manager take action against a bed bug infestation.

Another situation that can cause a frustration is hotels. No matter, how regularly hotel rooms are tidied up, in fact they can have an infestation. In this case, you cannot feel 100% safe and, of course, want to make it sure. In both of these cases, the most reasonable thing you can do to calm down is to catch a live bed bug. These insects need to return to the bed just once a week to feed. So, you can detect them quite quickly, even if there aren’t many. When you are not sure you have got a bed bug infestation, a bed bug trap can be very helpful.


Two Approaches to Making a Bed Bug Trap

There are two main ways of trapping bed bugs: passive and active. Passive methods involve preventing pests from their getting into your bed from the outside. Methods that attract these insets into a trap are known as active ones.

The most well-known method of trapping bed bugs passively is a Vaseline application. First of all, you have to cover the legs of your bed with Vaseline. An insect trying to climb such a leg will get stuck. Then you check the legs and find out whether there are bed bugs or not. Though, the Vaseline trick is a bit obsolete method. It will surely work but it can prove to be rather messy. It’s also a bad idea if you have a cat or a dog. To improve the situation you may use double-sided tape.

Active devices are a little more complicated. Experts point out that bed bugs react to carbon-dioxide and certain pheromones, or they can be attracted by heat. The way an active bed bug device works is in its emitting a mixture of carbon-dioxide, heat and odors that feels pleasant to the insects. There is usually a rough surface to help the bugs get into the device. Then they fall into a deep and smooth pitfall. The thing has been completed: the bed bugs are trapped.

If you can afford it, buy a bed bug kit. It contains a crack and crevice spray, a mattress safe spray and bed bug dust. The only thing is that you must ensure there are no kids or animals around.


Are You Ready to Make a Device Yourself?

People have been making their own bed bug traps from times immemorial. They were mostly containers filled with liquid installed under the bed legs to form a barrier to bugs. Some people today also use them in a modified way. Here is one self-made trap recommended by experts. If you are more of a “do-it-yourself” character, you may surely use it.

  1. Find two plastic bowls of different sizes, and then fit one inside the other, leaving some space between. You will need four pairs of bowls.
  2. Glue rough fabric or paper to the outside of the larger container to make sure bed bugs will be able to climb up the plastic.
  3. Adjust the smaller bowl inside the larger one.
  4. Pour some liquid into the larger container until it is deep enough for a bug to get trapped.
  5. Add up a mixture of talcum powder and insect dust (available at many garden stores) to the small container.
  6. Place the containers under bed legs.

Some people recommend using ethylene glycol (antifreeze) in a larger container. However, this might be a strange idea if there are animals or small children in the vicinity. Of course, antifreeze has a sweet smell and is attractive to insects, but it is very toxic. You may use ethyl alcohol instead. It is less toxic, but remember to keep it away from kids and pets. You had better use water if safety is your major concern.


How Does This Bed Bug Device Work?

This type of a trap works well if there aren’t other ways to the bed for bugs. Mind keeping aside anything that provides a bridge from the premises to the bed (sheets, blankets, comforters, headboards etc.). The experts consider these devices to be helpful for detecting the insects even after your careful inspection of the bed and the room. The traps will also protect the bed that is free of insect infestation from bugs brought from the outside.


Some Tips in Conclusion

  • People have also designed some other devices to protect themselves from bed bugs such as mattress covers and pillow covers, suitcase liners etc. No matter what device you will choose, you must be sure it is quite effective and safe.
  • To add up to the methods of protection you have chosen, move your bed at least 60 cm from each wall and any piece of furniture in the room. Take all blankets, sheets, or shams away from the floor, for they can serve as a convenient travel means for bed bugs.
  • Remember that it is very difficult to deal with a bed bug infestation yourself. You are strongly recommended to consult a bed bug expert.
  • No trap will catch 100% of insects in your apartment. Traps help catch a sufficient number of them and determine how severe a problem is. If you really want to get rid of these pests you need to call a bed bug exterminator.