Are you looking for bed bug traps? Then you've come to the right place.
In this Pest Strategies product review you can expect to learn:
- What you need to know about bed bugs and traps
- The different types of bed bug traps (sticky and slippery)
- The top bed bug traps we reviewed for this guide
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Top 5 Best Bed Bug Traps
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Check out our list below for a summary of our results. Keep on reading to learn more about bed bug traps.
What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Traps
For the purposes of trapping bed bugs, we only need to know a few things about them and their behavior. First off, they are parasites. They feed on the blood of a host, typically humans.
Second, it takes about three to ten minutes for them to feed, which means they need to do their feeding when people are asleep and won't brush them off or squash them.
During the day bed bugs like to hide near where they feed, usually in cracks and crevices around headboards, baseboards, floorboards, box springs, drawers, and so on.
This means they'll be traveling back and forth from their “feeding ground” to their hiding place. It is during the traveling phase that traps come into play.
Put the traps around or under the feet of the bed. Also, place them near those areas where you suspect they might be harboring during the day.
Based on which traps have bed bugs in them, you'll be able to make a
determination of where that harborage area actually is. This makes it much easier to effectively contain, control, and ultimately, eliminate them.
What Are The Two Types of Bed Bug Traps?
There are two main types of bed bug traps; slippery or sticky. These are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but in either case, the idea is to get the bed bugs into an area they can't get out of.
Slippery Bed Bug Traps
Slippery traps rely on the ultra-smooth surface(s) of modern plastics to capture bed bugs.
The outside of the trap is a normal, slightly rough surface the bed bugs can climb up and down with ease. The inside, by contrast, is so smooth the bed bugs can't get any traction on it. For them, it's like walking on ice.
The trap will have a series of vertical surfaces, going up and down to trap the bed bugs. They can crawl up the side of the trap, but as soon as they start down the inside of it they lose traction and slide to the
bottom. Once inside, they can't crawl back out again.
These type of traps typically have two inner wells in them, separated by a smooth ridge of unclimbable plastic. The inner area, usually between 2-4 inches in diameter, is where the feet of a piece of furniture
One trap is needed for each foot of the furniture. Whether bugs are crawling on the bed or off it, they'll be captured.
Sticky Bed Bug Traps
Sticky traps, or glue traps, are fairly obvious in both their design and their use. Place them around the feet of the furniture and along the baseboard cracks and crevices and other areas where they hide during
Top 5 Best Bed Bug Traps Reviewed
As a quick recap, here are the bed bug traps we looked at. Our #1 pick goes to the Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap. Be sure to take a look at the Trapper Insect Trap because they're so inexpensive and easy to use.
This is a 4 count box of interceptors, used under the feet of beds, tables, chairs, etc., to monitor bed bug activity and numbers. They work on the simplest principal imaginable – slick slippery surfaces that bed bugs can't climb.
The hard plastic is tough but not unbreakable. Set the furniture feet into the traps, don't drop them in or you'll break the trap.
The trap has room for furniture feet that are up to 3.75 inches in diameter. There is an inner well where the furniture feet go, and thinner, outer well.
If bed bugs crawl down the feet of the furniture into the inner well, the surface of the specially designed plastic trap is so smooth they can't get any traction on it and are stuck. Therefore, if you see bed bugs in the inner well, you know that piece of furniture has bed bugs.
On the other hand, if bed bugs crawl into the outer well from somewhere else in the room, they won't be able to climb out again, either to escape or crawl up on the furniture. Therefore, if you see bed bugs in the outer well, you know they came from somewhere else.
In either case, it provides a clear indication which direction the bed bugs are coming from, and the white surface makes the trapped bed bugs easy to see from a distance.
Talcum powder can be added if desired to increase the slipperiness, but isn't required nor is it included in the package.
These glue traps from Trapper are an old standby that have been used by pest control professionals for years and years for all kinds of insects, nut just bed bugs.
There are 90 traps in the package, three per each cardboard sheet. They have perforations in them to tear them apart, but experience has taught us that using scissors to cut them apart is your best bet.
Peel the slick plastic cover sheet off the glue side of the sticky trap, fold the trap into a triangle and set them out around the feet of your furniture, along the baseboards, on window sills, bedside tables, and any place else that bed bugs might be coming from or passing by.
Examining the bugs trapped in the glue will help you determine where they are coming from and where they're hiding.
If the traps near the wall behind the bed have bed bugs in them, it indicates they're probably harboring in the cracks and crevices around the baseboards (a favorite among bed bugs).
These traps are easy to use and inexpensive enough to use a lot of. Every bed bug trapped in the glue is one less bed bug that is biting you or breeding.
The backing is cardboard, so if it gets wet you'll have a soggy trap on your hands. Keep them away from moisture for best results.
Also from Trapper, these glue traps are similar to the one above but are bigger. They can be folded into long rectangles then placed in areas where a lot of bed bugs have been seen, or are suspected. The larger size can hold more bed bugs than the smaller ones above.
There are no insecticides on these traps and they are harmless to children and pets. Hair that gets stuck to them can be very painful to pull free so exercise some caution when putting them out.
They cost more than the other glue traps but their greater surface area for capturing bugs makes up for it. They are
cardboard backed so keep them away from water to extend their product life.
These glue traps have an interesting design that mimics the round shape of the Climbups. The center of the trap is non-sticky, but there is a circle of sticky glue trap all around it.
Peel the film off the sticky part of the trap, put the furniture feet (up to 2.75 inches in diameter) in the center of the trap and your job is done. Bed bugs, crawling from either direction will have to cross the sticky section of the trap where they become trapped.
Because they're flat and non-plastic, these traps don't break if you happen to drop the furniture feet on them. The downside is that the weight of the furniture tends to wrinkle them.
For best results, you need to add a flat square of wood under them for support. Plywood seems to be the easiest and cheapest option.
These are disposable and non-toxic to children and pets. There are eight of them in each package.
These interceptors have two wells in them, one where furniture legs 4 inches or less in diameter can be set, and outer well. The slippery surface on the inside of the wells prevents bed bugs from being able to gain any traction and climb out of them.
The white color also provides a high contrast background to make it easy to spot captured bed bugs from a distance.
Two packs of 4 interceptors come in each package so you can protect two separate pieces of furniture. There is no pesticide or messy talcum powder to worry about when using these.
Unfortunately, the plastic is very fragile. They have a repeated tendency to break as soon as the weight of a normal bed is put on them, no matter how gently you set the feet down on the traps.
You wind up going to two or three of the traps before you find one that will support the furniture's weight without cracking and breaking.
Our Top Pick: Climbup Interceptors
There are a lot of bed bug traps on the market today.
Some are new and don't use glue, while others are older and do. All of them work to one degree or another.
Overall, our pick goes to the Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap.
The slippery, high contrast, white surface makes it easy to spot trapped bed bugs.
Two separate inner wells indicate which direction the bed bugs are coming from. This gives you more information to work with while eliminating them.
A close second is the Trapper Insect Trap because of their ease of use and extremely low cost.