You may be interested in our more recent FAQ on Bed Bug Monitors, which offers a comparison of various models of active and passive bed bug monitors.
While most claims of an effective bed bug trap have to date been much ado about nothing, a new product which seems to be the real deal is only a month or two away.
The trap I am talking about is the NightWatch by Biosensory, Inc.
In the past, this innovative company has produced an effective mosquito product and some other units which use inhibitors or attractants or both. This new unit attracts bed bugs via CO2 heat and a 7-part kairomone lure. The results have been studied for over a year by independent housing authorities and respected individuals and now the bed bug trap is scheduled for distribution early October.
The price for a unit which covers a 16×16 room will be around
$400 [editor’s note: they are going for $450 on Amazon as of 3/2010]. Overnight, the trapped bed bugs will be contained in a pit which you empty each morning. The idea of a bed bug trap sounds like a great step forward but remember the manufacturers themselves state that the unit is for detection, monitoring and as part of an Integrated Pest Management program. In addition the manufacturers state, “If the premises have not been treated with additional EPA-registered insecticide(s) and/or steam heat, this protocol should be considered.”
Having been involved in trying to develop a prototype bed bug trap not associated with this one, as well as having dealt with bed bugs from an educational and control standpoint, I think this will be a great tool in the war against bedbugs. Sleep tight.
Editor’s note: Thanks, Winston!
Winston O. Buggy is the pseudonym of a bed bug professional. Read more about the science behind NightWatch here.
Editor’s note: Sean of the Bed Bug Resource [The Bed Bug Resource no longer active; link removed 2015]
points us to a Canadian distributor offering pre-orders. (I don’t know anything about the store, personally.) For $100 CA or $95 US down (out of the total cost $400 CA / $380 US), they say your Nightwatch trap will ship when released (11/15 is the expected date). They will be sold to anyone, apparently. [The shop we were referred to since closed.] The protocol on the Nightwatch website does appear to be something laypeople could do.
Note: They haven’t been released yet so we can’t really say much about them (but I do know someone with bed bugs, if Nightwatch wants to send me one to review (hint, hint!)
The data looks promising, but read all the info. on the Biosensory site, and caveat emptor.
Update: 5/2009: the Nightwatch has been available for several weeks and has now been voluntarily recalled, so the manufacturer can fix a potentially defective switch.
Update: 3/2010: As of July 2009, the recall had ended and the new Nightwatch was good to go.