You’re wondering if bed bug traps can, in fact, help you determine if you have an infestation. Maybe you have visually detected what could be some pest activity and you want to confirm what you have seen.
Considering that early detection of a bed bug infestation is highly desirable, traps are an easy and affordable investment and are considered to be one of the best methods – if not the best method – for detecting low-level pest activity.
And for those who only suspect an infestation, the right traps can confirm such suspicion, offering consumers a way to find these pests not only in beds, but also throughout one’s entire home.
Highly regarded by professionals, the right traps provide a safe option for uncovering a problem as well as for determining the efficacy of treatment and should be used as part of a well-devised treatment plan.
But what are your choices and what is the best option for you?
You have the choice of three different types of traps: adhesive, mattress encasements, and interceptor cups.
Adhesive traps are fairly ineffective, but if you happen to have some on hand, you might be able to detect an infestation. Because of the poor success rate of these, we don’t recommend purchasing adhesive traps.
If you suspect bed bug activity or have positively identified infestation, mattress encasements can trap and starve bed bugs already living inside your mattress. “Bite proof” mattress covers can be purchased affordably, prices ranging anywhere from $20 – $500+.
The best option for detecting bed bug activity is purchasing interceptor cups. These traps are designed to block the path of bed bugs, trapping them, and are touted as one of the best tools for gauging bed bug activity.
Bed bug traps – also known as passive interception devices – come in several styles, the most popular of which are inexpensive bowl-shaped devices that can be installed under the legs of bed frames and furniture, as well as set out throughout the home in places like hallways, doorways, entries, and other rooms of one’s home.
These devices provide a barrier for bed bugs, forcing them to be captured as they travel to and from sleeping areas. This benefits the user in several ways. First, the user can get an idea of the direction of travel, which indicates where an infestation could be based. Second, the traps inhibit bed bugs from traveling to other parts of one’s home, preventing infestation in other areas.
The textured outer area of these traps make it easy for bugs to get in, but the smooth interior and sides of the well make it impossible for bed bugs to climb out, effectively trapping the bugs.
Very little work on the user’s part is involved. One is simply required to empty, clean, and re-grease the well for continued use.
For optimal performance, make sure bed linens, tablecloths, and other fabrics do not make contact with the floor so that the only way for the bugs to travel is via the bed bug traps.
Though there are only a few options for trapping bed bugs, consumers still have choices. Here’s what to keep in mind when you are in the market for bed bug traps:
Remember, once you have your traps, you want to include them as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan.
Use these to determine whether or not you have an infestation and also to determine whether or not any treatments you implement are effective.
Early detection can prevent a lot of unnecessary struggle and inconvenience. Taking action now is one of the smartest decisions you can make.
While there are numerous bed bug traps available on the market, here are the ones we recommend:Bed Bu Slayer Bug Traps
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