In this article, we have put together some of the best bed bug traps and interceptors to add along your array of tools in battling bed bugs.
While bed bug sticky traps that are designed to trap bed bugs for killing, bed bug interceptors are designed to help monitor as well as detect where bed bugs are present (or if they are still around after a treatment). Most importantly, it also provides a barrier between the floor and the bed, as bed bugs can’t jump or fly.
>> Related article: Do Bed Bugs Jump or Fly?
|1||Trapper Bed Bug Insect Trap|
|2||Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap|
|3||Trapper Max Glue Boards Trap|
|4||Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap|
|5||LightsOut Chemical-free Reusable Bedbug Detector Trap|
Why Bed Bug Traps?
Bed bugs are often hard to spot and move around only when humans are in their inactive state (i.e sleeping). Bed bugs are not able to fly or jump long distances and usually only crawls around. Hence bed bug traps are an effective and economical method to intercept them.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using bed bug traps:
The Trapper bed bug glue trap is a non-poisonous and features impressively strong glue adhesive that last for weeks (and does not dry).
The cardboard trap can be used undivided as a large trap or can easily be separated into three smaller traps (Each purchase comes with 30 boards that can be separated into 90 traps by tearing along the perforated lines).
It allows recording of the set-up date on the trap and has optional peel n’ stick strip on the bottom to help the trap stays in place (May: we usually don’t use this).
The ClimbUp bed bug interceptor trap is an easy-to-use monitoring system that helps in the early detection of bed bug infestations. It also helps determine which furniture is still infested after treatment.
Its dual-well design allows users to determine which direction the bed bugs come from (see below)
- How it works: Bed bugs approaching the furniture from outside gets trapped in the outer well while bed bugs escaping from the furniture get trapped in the inner well.
Each purchase comes with 4 interceptors that are pesticide-free and fits all furniture with ‘legs’ of 375 in diameter or less.
[May: Monitoring devices are useful for confirming the presence of bed bugs where a visual inspection cannot. It also provides a barrier between the floor and the furniture – as bed bugs can’t jump or fly.]
The Trapper Max Glue Boards Trap is another non-toxic trap that catches rodents and other pests.
What separates this trap from others is that it can be used folded or flat.
Each purchase comes with a set of 6 traps. The whole trap is 5.25″x 7.75″ while the glue covered surface measures 4.5″x 6.5″.
The Ortho Home Defense Bed Bug Trap features a scientifically proven and patented pheromone attractant that is guaranteed to lure bed bugs from their hiding places in under an hour.
- To set up: 1) Remove paper from glue card & attach to bottom of trap, 2) Push down on the button until you hear a click (which releases the pheromones), 3) Place trap near where bed bugs are suspected.
It lasts quite long (even after 4-5 days) and Ortho offers money-back guarantee for this trap.
[May: This is an ideal trap if you wish to find out quickly whether there’s bed bugs at home, or if there’s any more bed bugs left after treatment.]
>> Ortho’s bed bug spray was also featured in our best bed bug spray roundup.
It features a textured exterior to facilitate climbing up the trap, an ultra-smooth inner walls to prevent trapped bed bugs from escaping, and fits furniture or bed posts of up to 3.75″ diameter.
This powder-less and talc-free interception device is made with durable, reinforced center and stability guards.
If you wish to save some bucks, try using simple items at home to make your own DIY bed bug traps.
To set up: Simply attach duck tape around the bottom of the bed ‘legs’. The bed bugs will get stuck when they try to sneak up the bed.
Bed bug traps and interceptors are best used as part of a bed bug treatment plan. They are ideal for initial level as well as on-going monitoring and maintenance purposes.
For urgent bed bugs situation, try some of these bed bug killing methods. Depending on severity as well as degree of problem, you likely need to use more than one solution as well as other ongoing measures like the bed bug traps and interceptors mentioned in this article (and bed bug mattress and pillow protector covers).
Now over to you… Have you tried any of these bed bug traps? Will you give them a try?