Inexpensive bed bug trap

After I reported on Bliss Exterminators charging $600 for a bed bug detection service and a $3,500 eradication program, reader DK sent along a link to this homemade alternative using dry ice. Cost: $15.

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  1. db

    I travel often, so worry about taking home some small hitchhikers.

    I keep the following on two of the bed posts. Not attractive looking, but supposed to be effective for discovering them. Early detection is supposed to be key.

    Climbup interceptor

  2. db

    And if you really want to learn about this nasties, the Australians have an 87 page writeup on identifying them and killing them

    Everything you ever wanted to know and were afraid to ask about Bed Bugs.

  3. Jim Carr

    When looking for a blood meal, mosquitoes much prefer pigs to humans. In mosquito infested areas of Italy, farm families protected themselves by keeping a pig in the bedroom at night. In the winter, when mosquitoes were no longer a problem, the pigs were converted into pork chops. If it works for mosquitoes, maybe it would work for blood-sucking bedbugs.

  4. fred at burning man

    Picture for the bed bug trap developed at Rutgers plus the full step-by-step article

    njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/publication.asp?pid=FS1117

  5. JRH redux

    I keep a pig in my bedroom too, but it aint fer mosqitas.

  6. db

    Not sure if anyone here is familiar with dry ice and getting it these days, but few places stock it. I bought a small block of it 2 or 3 years ago in Norwalk for dent repair on a car (can work on some dents) and finding it was not that easy.

    Expect to pay 20, and it only lasts for a few days in the fridge. You probably don’t want to handle the stuff much due to the frost bite danger, so use that trap only if you truly believe you may have an issue. Waking up between 2 and 5AM will probably give you similar results if you already think they are present FYI.

    When sleeping in hotels these days, I keep all luggage on stands and when I wake up look all over. Coworker was in a Hyatt and woke up to then checking her out, so brand and quality of hotel may help you avoid them, but it’s no guarantee.

    I’m considering one of the plastic luggage covers for when I travel. I’m far from paranoid, but with my wife an child at home, this is one plague I don’t want to bring home.

  7. Priapus

    Hey, now there’s an idea. Maybe a few pigs lining the Cordoba mosque and foundation. If it works for bed bugs, maybe it’ll work for cockroaches.

    And since so many here are history buffs, how’s about a little history on Cordoba and it’s significance. LLS? JRH? Anyone?