Bed Bug Traps – Types, Pros & Cons, DIY-Example


You want to keep bed bugs out of your bed? Or do you need help in detecting and controlling a bed bug manifestation? A bed bug traps can be a handy tool in your fight against bed bugs.

In this article you will learn about different types of bed bug traps, pros and cons and also one do it yourself example for your bed.

Types of Bed Bug Traps

When a bed bug discovers a place to feed, nest, and reproduce, he communicates to other bugs by emitting pheromones. A pheromone is a chemical secreted by an animal or insect in order to leave a message to others of the same species.

In this case, the bed bug is telling other bed bugs your bed is a perfect warm place to feed. Once a bed bug releases a pheromone, the one bug will soon be many.

A trap can help to avoid this sad event. There are two basic types of traps which are active and passive traps.

Active Traps

This type of trap actually has lures to attract the bugs to the trap. The lures of this trap include carbon dioxide emissions, heat, and pheromones. The pheromones trick the bugs into going to the trap area.

Instead of coming to you, the bugs go toward the trap which has a system designed with adhesive and an incline. This system causes the bugs to get stuck in the trap and eventually die.

Passive Traps

This type of trap is designed to catch the bugs as they travel either to you, their host or from you. These bugs can’t jump large distances or fly. They simply crawl to you.

In order to get to you as you lie in bed, they must climb up your bed’s post or leg. One easy way to catch these bugs is to cover your bed’s post with double-sided tape, petroleum jelly, or any sticky substance. As they crawl towards you, they will get stuck.

You could try to use store-bought passive traps. These traps are made of two bowls. One bowl, which is the smallest one, is placed inside another bowl. You should place each of the four legs of your bed into these two bowls. The outer, larger bowl is lined with a sticky substance.

The sticky substance of the outer bowl traps the bugs as they crawl toward you. After biting you and while trying to leave your bed, the bugs will be trapped in the inner bowl.

Climb Up Bug Interceptors

Most people prefer to detect bug infestations early. This can be done using Climb Up Interceptors.

These interceptors are both unique and easy-to-use. Their design includes plastic cups which are totally free of pesticides. Instead, the plastic cups have a thin layer of talc.

The talc layer creates a surface which makes it virtually impossible for the bugs to crawl out of the plastic cups. When the bugs search for a meal of blood, they’re captured in the Climb Up Interceptor.

You can use the Climb Up Interceptors as a bed bug monitor of a problem, to keep your couch or bed free of bugs, or to detect a new infestation of bugs.

You can place the Bug Interceptors at the bottom of your couch and chair legs or bedposts.

Active CO2 Monitor and Trap

A CO2 trap such as the Bed Bug Beacon can act as a bed bug monitor and a trap. It emits natural carbon dioxide for as long as two weeks. This is because it is the carbon dioxide we exhale that attracts bed bugs.

Inactive bed bugs have the unique ability to wait for long periods of time for a host. The natural carbon dioxide re-activates bed bugs making it possible for them to become mobile. This increases the chances that the bed bugs will be trapped by the Bed Bug Beacon.

A Few DIY Bed Bug Traps

Bug Trap Made with Tape


  1. Pour some soapy water into each large bowls. The purpose of the soapy water is to drown the bed bugs.
  2. You should add the talcum powder to each of the small bowls in order to prevent the bugs from escaping.
  3. Put the masking tape around the outside circumference of each large bowl.
  4. Put each small bowl inside each large bowl. Each bed leg should be inside the small bowl.
  5. No part of your bed should be touching the walls of the room or other furniture. This will make it impossible for the be bugs to get on or off your bed without using the bed’s legs.
  6. Check these traps regularly.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Bed Bug Traps

Before you invest in the cost of getting rid of bed bugs, don’t you want to be sure you really have a bed bug problem? Of course, you do. One reason could be that you may be suffering from an allergic reaction to an insect bite, and you, therefore, need to know whether you are being bitten by bed bugs.

Bed Bug traps do have the following advantages.

  • Catching a sample bug can verify the cause of your allergic reaction is bites of bed bugs.
  • Homemade traps are more affordable than calling in an exterminator.
  • Using traps are more convenient. There isn’t a need to wait for an exterminator to schedule you and arrive. You can simply purchase traps or make your own.

There are disadvantages to using bed bug traps.

  • A major problem of using bed bug traps is that you may not get rid of all the bugs.
  • Active traps are supposed to lure the bed bugs to your traps. However, they may not lure them from their hiding.
  • You must be patient if you use passive traps. It may take some time for the bugs to make their way through the traps.
  • Using DIY traps is far less expensive than hiring professional exterminators. However, these devices require time and effort.


There are pros and cons of using traps to get rid of bed bugs. The decision of whether to hire a professional exterminator depends on how limited your funds are and how extensive your infestation is.

If you believe your infestation has spread to several rooms and many pieces of furniture, you should consider using a professional exterminator. A good night’s sleep is well worth the cost.

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