Another bed bug trap in the works

by nobugsonme on June 8, 2008 · 4 comments

in bed bugs

So far, there is no accurate bed bug trap available for sale, though we have heard various teams are working on them (including some researchers who are trying to produce a trap using aggregate pheromones to attract bed bugs).

This article from the Press of Atlantic City
is a general “introduction to bed bugs” article that we see all the time in local papers.

But it contains this interesting tidbit. At a recent Multi-Family Housing Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, Richard Cooper announced that,

He’s also developing a long-sought tool in the fight: a bedbug trap to determine if a location is infested.

Cooper told the conference that a test of the trap in an occupied dwelling unit with no signs of bedbugs caught seven of them in a 12-hour period. In a vacant unit, where the bedbugs were dormant with no people to feed on, the trap captured 500 in 12 hours.

That’s very promising news indeed. Trying to detect bed bugs in many cases is very difficult. I hope these traps are available to the public swiftly.

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1 parakeets June 8, 2008 at 10:34 am

This is indeed promising. It also gives us another clue on detecting bedbugs on our own–if you vacate your place for a while, the bedbugs can be easier to detect. (I found this out when I returned from a two-week vacation. My bedbugs came marching across the floor during the day to welcome me home!)

2 persona-non-bugga June 8, 2008 at 11:32 am

Is it possible that a trap might attract bedbugs to an area where there were no bedbugs previously?

Say I live in apt 4F. I wake up with some odd skin reactions, which are in fact sebaceous cysts – not bedbug bites, but I don’t know that yet. I set up a bedbug trap.

Unknown to me, my neighbor in 3G has bedbugs which haven’t spread beyond her unit yet. Is there a chance the trap could draw those bedbugs to travel across chambers into my apartment?

Bedbugs travel between apartments, but the spread isn’t inevitable. I’m curious whether a trap might be so powerful an attractant that it could inadvertently precipitate the bugs’ spread.

3 Cody June 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm

I’d pay $50 for one of those traps right one, seeing as I may be moving apartment this week.

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