To determine an infestation, bed bugs exterminators need to find evidence of living bed bugs. If they don’t, often they will not apply insecticides. Finding evidence of living bed bugs is also very important when trying to prove an infestation to a property manager or landlord.
There are several ways to catch and trap bed bugs. If this is something you plan to do on your own, it can be hard to figure out the right way to do it. Methods for trapping bed bugs fall into two categories: passive and active. There are a few different types of both passive and active methods. The devices used for trapping bed bugs are normally called monitors.
So, Which One Should You Choose?
This can be a tough choice. Here are my thoughts.
If you recently had bed bugs exterminated and just want to keep an eye on things:
If you’re just looking for a simple way to keep an eye on things after an extermination, then the Climbup Interceptors are a good choice.
If it does, the Climbups are a cheap and easy way to passively monitor for a bed bug infestation. With the Climbups you don’t have to worry about touching up Vaseline or tape like the two homemade passive monitoring methods. And you don’t have to worry about replenishing any kind of lures like you would with the active methods.
Get the Climbup Interceptors and sleep better knowing you’re protected.
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If you’ve never had bed bugs but think you might have an infestation:
If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, you want to find out for sure as quickly as possible. The more time you let pass, the more bed bugs can reproduce and build a thriving population. This can make extermination tougher and more expensive. You don’t want that. You need to act fast.
The Bedbug Beacon and the Nightwatch are the fastest ways of detecting an infestation on your own. After that comes the homemade trap with dry ice. Most people don’t have the skill or desire to build their own trap with dry ice. The rest of the methods are passive which is not ideal for quick detection.
So for me, the Bedbug Beacon is the way to go. It is made by a reputable company, has a nice design, works quicky, is safe and is inexpensive. The Nightwatch appears to be a better monitor but it’s almost 10x more.