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Homemade Interceptors from Bed Risers?

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  1. cc424

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Oct 9 2016 12:50:19
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    Hey All,

    Short Story: How do I make interceptors for bed bugs out of bed risers? My bed is a mattress and box spring on a metal bed frame (no wood at all) that sits on plastic bed risers. I'd rather not buy something commercial as I have no extra money right now, and I have a feeling bed risers could be used effectively I'm just having trouble brainstorming a way.

    I want to know if I have bed bugs and if so, around how many. I know traps won't solve a problem but they should give me that info, right?

    Long Story: I posted on here before but lost my login info. That was a long post about how I stayed long-term at a friend's house who definitely had bed bugs (PCO confirmed), and how I was terrified of bringing them into my own home. I planned on following a whole bunch of procedures, but I got super lazy and did almost none of them.

    I stayed in the infested place in early August. It's now early October, and I had absolutely no worries these past couple of months, until I noticed some bumps the past few days on my face and my shoulders. At first I thought they were acne, but on second thought that would be unusual for me (although not unheard of,) so now I'm contemplating them being bed bug bites. I reacted very strongly to the bites I had in August (like hugely itchy bites that left scars) and these bumps are small and non itchy, but I feel like I remember having a few of these type before I got the crazier ones in August. Maybe I did just have pimples AND bites though, as I think it'd be weird to react differently to the same type of bug bite.

    Either way, I think it's time I got back on my game to make sure I'm in the clear. I'm super depressed and barely have motivation for anything already, so I don't think I'll be likely to do anything unless I have actual proof I have bed bugs. That's why I'm interested in the trap. Money is pretty much non existent for me right now (my work is seasonal) so I can't bring in a PCO right now. I've done a quick visual inspection but if I do have them it'd be a light infestation so I'm not surprised I didn't see anything.

    THANKS IN ADVANCE for your help : ))

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Oct 9 2016 15:42:07
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    Don't know about bed risers but how about using dog bowls?

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    Sun Oct 9 2016 16:58:31
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    Ok. Well my risers have an open part on the top, sort of like a shallow bowl, so what would I do to make interceptors out of dog bowls? I can probably use the same procedure

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    Interceptors are supposed to physically trap bed bugs without deterring them. I'm not sure how you'd do that with risers.

    However, there is a link in our FAQ on bed bug monitors to the instructions for making your own interceptors. Look at the second to last paragraph in the section on interceptor traps: http://bedbugger.com/2009/04/23/bed-bug-monitors/

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 3 years ago
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  6. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 3 years ago
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    Yes-- that's where the monitors FAQ points. Thanks, frightened!


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