Remember the Bed Bug Barrier?
This passive bed bug monitor designed by Australian inventor Tony Abrahams is now available in the US and Canada.
The Bed Bug Barrier is basically an inverted glue trap which comes in two designs: the screw-in style attaches at the top of bed legs, and the castor style attaches underneath the bed leg. Bed bugs trying to climb onto the bed legs should be stopped en route by the glue.
These are the two styles side by side (the screw-in version is on the left, the castor style on the right):
You can click the following link to purchase the Bed Bug Barrier Passive Monitor Glue Trap from US Bed Bugs, and either style is currently $6.99 per barrier (or under $28 if your bed has four feet).
Here’s Abrahams talking about his invention on Australia’s ABC TV. The segment begins at approximately 0:43 seconds into the video.
We often recommend ClimbUp Interceptors, a different style of passive bedbug monitor, which sits underneath the feet of your bed, and which detects and traps bed bugs climbing onto or off of a bed.
I have not yet seen the Bed Bug Barrier up close, but it seems like it might be a bit more tricky to inspect this style of monitor for bed bugs, compared with the ClimbUps. (I am assuming you’d have to turn the bed frame upside down?) I would also like to see independent testing data which confirms that the monitor works, and does not trigger bed bugs’ alarm pheromones.
On the other hand, they may provide an alternative to ClimbUps, if that design does not suit the type of bed legs you have, for example.
More bed bug monitors to come: we expect to have news on the (greater) North American availability of David Cain’s BBAlert Passive Bed Bug Monitors and the BBAlert Active Monitor soon.
Notes: (1) We have not yet seen independent testing data on this product. (2) Monitors such as the Bed Bug Barrier (and other monitors mentioned in this article) are intended to detect infestations (or the continued presence of bed bugs), and are not themselves a control method. If you detect bed bugs, you need bed bug treatment, preferably done by an experienced and knowledgeable professional.
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