How to make your own interceptors
Detecting bed bugs
Unfortunately, bed bug infestations can be extremely hard to diagnose without a professional examination or a bed bug sniffing dog. Bedbugs are small, are most active at night when their prey is asleep, and are able to hide in small spaces such as cracks in furniture or floors, inside mattresses or boxsprings, and even inside electrical outlets. If you suspect that you have an infestation, or you are waking up with unexplained bites, your first course of action should be to buy or make bed bug interceptors.
A correctly made interceptor traps underneath furniture legs serves 3 purposes:
-it is the best way to detect a bedbug infestation when a live bedbug or a casing has not yet been found
-it is a good first line of defense against bed bugs entering the protected furniture (bed, couch, etc).
-it reduces the spread of bed bugs already on the furniture to the rest of the room
Use bed post interceptor traps for bed bugs are a useful way to detect bed bugs before they become established in the home. A well constructed interceptor also has the added benefit of keeping bugs out of the bed (although it cannot eradicate an infestation on it's own, as it will not kill bugs already inhabiting the mattress, box-spring, or frame. It is always advantageous to manage a bed bug infestation if it is caught early, as an infestation is much more difficult and expensive to eradicate when it is allowed to get out of hand. These can also be used to isolate certain other types of furniture with correctly sized posts, such as couches or drawers containing clothing.
Contrary to belief, a painted metal bedpost is not impossible for a bedbug to scale. You should invest in interceptors even if you have a metal or painted bedframe.
You will need:
-4 medium tupperware containers or similar sized plastic containers
-4 smaller tupperware containers, fit to the size of the bed post
-1 roll of duct tape
and one of the following:
-CimeXa (we recommend keeping this on hand if you suspect bed bugs anyways - read why)
-Diatomaceous Earth (we always recommend CimeXa instead of DE, as it is proven to be more effective [read more] - but if you already have DE on hand, it is OK for this application because the bugs must crawl directly over a high concentration to reach the bed.)
-in the absence of either of these two preferred ingredients, a common household ingredient like baby powder (talcum powder) can be used.
Step 1: Cover the outside of the larger container with duct tape. This allows the bedbug to be able to climb into, but not out of, the larger container.
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Step 2: Place the smaller container inside the larger container. The walls of the containers must not touch.
Step 3: Fill the space between the interior side of the larger and exterior side of the smaller container with your chosen ingredient.
Step 4: Place the interceptor such that the furniture post fits inside the smaller container.
Any bedbugs will be trapped in between the walls of the two containers. Take them to a professional or compare them to photos to determine whether they are bedbugs. If you do detect them, always assume there are many more, and head on over to the complete guide to killing bedbugs.