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To start mix your sugar/yeast solution to bait the trap. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide, and yeast produce it as they feed on sugar.

Mix 2 cups of pure cain granulated sugar to 2 liters warm water. Use bottle or filtered water so to not have chlorine. Add a little yeast. If you buy a packet then use about 25% of it. Otherwise use about 1/2 a teaspoon.

Set that aside. You'll need it at the last step. It should be frothy by then. If not then it won't take long.

Step 1: Start

Bed bugs have become a major issue around our country (USA). I think it's because of our bad economy. People are picking things up from beside the road and carrying it into their houses. Before you do this you should be very careful because those things might hide bed bugs. Once you have them it's very hard to get rid of them. Traps are unlikely to solve your bed bug problem, but if you can't afford to pay expensive exterminators then traps may help.

This is the easiest bed bug trap.

Stuff:
    2 or 3 liter bottle
    Roll of Paper Towels
    Tape
    Scissors with a sharp point or include a knife or razor
    Sugar
    Yeast
<p>if you have 6liters would have to put 6 cups of sugar too</p>
<p>I'm not sure I have them I just want to know and the exterminator told me he can't see and i should just hire him to do the job. I dont have cane sugar but just regular sugar. Is thatok? Thank you this sound perfect.</p>
Did you do it and find out anything
Yes, that's fine. Same thing I think.<br>
<p>please help my trap want work tried it 2 times</p>
<p>What did you do wrong?</p>
<p>Thought I was about through with my bug problem but this trap proved otherwise by catching the smallest of the little guys.Remember to use TRADITIONAL or ACTIVE DRY YEAST not INSTANT as I made this mistake on my first try.</p>
<p>How long does the trap last when I set it? I want to make sure to time it correctly so that it goes through overnight before going to sleep. Thanks!</p>
It will definitely last overnight. Should last several days. You can extend it ever further by reducing the amount of sugar at the start then adding a small amount of sugar every 12 to 24 hours.
<p>How do you warm up the excess solution? without killing the yeast?</p>
<p>Set it out. It will warm by itself.</p>
Ok i cant get it to froth up. Im using bottled water(nestle pure life) and warming up the water with sugar then adding yeast(fleischmann's rapid rise instant yeast fast acting). I have it in a metal pot warmed up on the stove just till its warm to the touch but not hot. I tried even stiring it all up till its all disolved but no froth.... So what am i doing wrong?
Don't use fancy yeast, just use the plain old ordinary bread yeast. Also try using less sugar. Too much sugar can kill the yeast.
I know that most insects breathe through openings along the bottom of the thorax. Roaches do, and they are easy to eradicate using a fine powder which clogs up the breathing openings along the bottom of the thorax. Would this also work to kill bed bugs?
Diatomacious earth IS effective against bed bugs.
What if you use tap water? I know you said bottle or filtered but what if that's not an option?
<p>If you are heating the water there is no problem with using tap water that has chlorine in it. The chlorine boils off while the water is heating. I have known this from years of wine and beer making, so it is not a problem to start with chlorinated tap water. I also do this to prepare tap water to drink when my regular bottled drinking water is not available.</p>
<p>You can do whatever you want, but the yeast are living creatures, and if the chlorine kills them the trap will not work. But hey maybe it won't. Try it and let us know.</p>
<p>I do not think it will kill the yeast. I make a lot of bread and I use regular tap water. It is the temp that will kill it...or salt. Salt is evil to yeast lol. I don't know if we have these bugs but one person is getting bites from something. Everyone keeps saying that's what it is but I have yet to find any. I am hoping we don't catch any from what I have been reading about them!</p>
This really works. We were terrified the bed bugs would follow us to our new home. We killed all adults &amp; newborn bugs, but there were still eggs. We placed the traps by the bed posts &amp; couch legs where the eggs were &amp; by morning, our trap had two babies in it. We used several 20 ounce bottles &amp; less ingredients. It worked great. Thanks for the tip!!
<p>Glad to hear that. I hope things have continued to be good.</p>
<p>Hi, manicmonday, I read your instructions several times, but both me and my family are confused by the recipe due to our particular needs. I'd appreciate if you could advise with Dummies-Clear instructions geared for our situation. THE SITUATION IS: I made several of your traps, but not yet the recipe, because how on earth do I distribute the recipe amid 4 or 5 traps? See, I don't just need one trap but rather want to put one per each side of the couch, since the canine detected bugs at the couch area. I also want one in a nearby closet.</p>
<p>I just read through the recipe and can't see how it could be more clear. What part are you confused about? The measurements don't have to be exact. The main thing is don't use too much sugar. It's better too little sugar than too much. You can always add more sugar if needed.</p>
<p>You may want to add that yeast will not activate if to hot or cold. The best temps are between 105-115 degrees F. If you don't have a thermometer just run tap water until it begins to get hot. It may still be to warm when you fill your container but letting it cool for about 10 mins will work. It should be very warm but not really hot. Hope this helps those who it is not working for.</p>
<p>P.S. Here is how I wrote out the recipe to use together with two of ManicMonday's traps, plus two of my 32oz./7oz. versions, for a total of FOUR MINI-CONTRAPTIONS.</p><p>ITEMS NEEDED:<br>Baby powder<br>Blue Stik fun-tac<br>Red-yellow yeast packet<br>4 lb. sugar<br>8-cup pitcher STERILE<br>4 qt. pot STERILE<br>ladle STERILE<br>my tall tri-corner glass<br>Teaspoon STERILE<br>7 oz. disposable cups</p><p>(1) Fill 4 qt. pot w/filtered water till top of inner gromets. BOIL IT.</p><p>(2) Wait till boiled water cools to 100 degrees<br>wait time approx. 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs.</p><p>(3) Ladle 4 oz. of the water to the tri-corn glass</p><p>(4) Add tsp. sugar to the 4 oz. water and stir well</p><p>(5) Add yeast packet to the 4 oz. mix</p><p>(6) Stir alot to produce bubbles.<br>Let it rest 10 min. till there is foamy topping</p><p>(7) Pour remaining water from pot into pitcher till the 6-cup mark</p><p>(8) Use 7 oz. disposable cup to measure 3 cups sugar to pour into pitcher of water. Stir well to dissolve sugar.</p><p>(9) Pour the foamy-glass mixture into the pitcher of tepid sweet water. Stir well to finalize the CO2 mix.</p><p>(10) Distribute the CO2 mix from pitcher into the various mini-traps. Insert the pit-falls</p><p>(11) With fingers, smear baby-powder all over the interior of the pit-falls</p><p>(12) Using blue-stik, attach traps to floor at red-flag-side of couch <br></p><p><br> <br> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IyKFAM_nug#" rel="nofollow"><br>Show less<br> </a><br> </p><br> <br> <br> <br> <br>
<p>Looks to me like you have made this unnecessarily complicated and difficult. But if it makes you happy, then I say go for it.</p>
<p>I haven't tried it yet, but your directions are much simpler.</p>
<p>Hi, manicmonday, sorry for the delay since computer EMFs make me ill. I had read JulesNoise advice stating that more yeast causes stronger reaction, but more sugar lasts longer. So I used Jules general recipe which is similar to yours, albeit 4x as much. What happened, was that the foam-topping nearly overflowed (very quickly), so I had to rush to transfer the foamy glass to the pitcher. I then distributed the pitcher into my four paper-towel-covered contraptions. Two were large soda-bottle cut-offs, and two were 32oz. containers with either 7oz. container inserted, or else soda-bottom-cutoff inserted. </p><p>The formula should expire by tomorrow. No bugs were in any of the containers in my dad's living-room (placed where the canine had detected something). So after a few days, I transferred the containers to his bedroom. Note that after the canine visit, my BIL got yet another non-bedbug-exterminator to spray chemicals everywhere. And maybe the canine had detected DEAD bedbugs? Anyway, I'm busy now preparing for doctor appointments, so haven't kept updated, since his apt. at my sister is a few blocks away. Thanks so much for running this site!! It's so kind of you.</p>
<p>P.S. I was also considering JulesNoise and the Rutgers Recipe instructions, but their recipes are intended for either FULL 2-liter bottles, or for a Coffee-cup respectively. So I wasn't sure how to adapt their instructions for your cut-off bottle traps. </p><p>My point is - that its nervewracking enough just to have to ensure for one trap 100-degree temperature, let alone repeat that five times??!!</p>
<p>Any recipe you use will be fine.</p>
<p>I recently had bed bugs I tried sprays, bombs, and traps but still had bugs. What really worked for me was dichotomous earth, make sure it is &quot;food grade&quot; DE, so that it is safe around people and pets. I found instructions for blowing the DE powder around my apartment on the web. I covered my carpet, my mattress, put in in dresser drawers, under the bed and the recliner, and on the recliner. It is a little messy with the powder all over stuff but it works. I also got furniture bags, mattress covers for the bed and box spring and recliner, even my office chair. I also washed all my bedding and clothing and stored most everything in sealable bags and/or plastic containers. It was a lot of work and took about a 4 to 6 weeks before I was sure that they were gone. When you use the Dichotomous Earth powder wear one of those round white breathing masks and latex gloves. The powder is very fine and probably not good to breath a bunch of it, it also dries out skin. How it works is that it dries out the bugs in a day or two after they come into contact with it. It completely dehydrates them and kills them. I put the powder down about 3 or 4 times just in case there were any eggs that hatched. Hope this helps, I know it feels like hell going through getting the bed bugs then trying to get rid of them. God Bless.</p>
<p>Where do you get this Dichotomous Earth stuff??</p>
<p>It is diatomaceous earth, and hardware stores have it. Organic grocery stores should have food grade. You have to be careful with the stuff in the hardware stores because some of them contain roach pheromones, and you don't want to attract roaches to get rid of bed bugs! It is not true that the diatomeaceous earth cuts them up. What it does is attach itself to the waxy coating on the bedbug's shell, and dehydrates them.</p>
<p>http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBCW78M?psc=1&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00</p>
<p>trying this..any suggestions on how to kill the bugs and re-use the trap?</p>
<p>Any bedbugs that fall into the trap will die. To rebait the trap you may need to completely take apart the trap. If you can pour out the old solution without damaging the paper towel then you won't have to redo that.</p><p>You can kill bed bugs with ozone. They can't become immune to that because they need oxygen to breath. Remove everything from the room your going to treat and put a fan in there. I would recommend that you remove the switch/plug plates too so the ozone can get into them better in case they are hiding in there.You will need an ozone generator that will put out lots of ozone. Close up the room. During the treatment humans/pets cannot be in the room!!! Take fish out too. I'm guessing 24 hours will kill all the bed bugs, though you will need to retreat as eggs will still hatch.</p>
<p>There are a few exterminators statewide who apply ozone versus heat, and they stated that their clients seemed satisfied. Their interviews are on YouTube, but there are not many such exterminators available, due to the heat-treatments having become prevalent first.</p>
<p>I was referring to what you can do yourself without paying an exterminator.</p>
<p>I know. That was just for the record, in case desperate people decide to try the heat option when there may be a better option if ozone guys are in their locale.</p>
<p>Diatomaceous earth is also effective against them. Buy food grade and cover everything. Try not to breath it!!! The first night of treatment you should even cover yourself with it if you are going to be sleeping in there. It is not a poison, but instead works to kill them in a mechanical way. Not to us, but to insects it's like broken glass. It cuts them up and causes them to bleed and they die within a couple of days. For people/pets it's very safe even to eat, just not so good to breath it. It's even considered healthy to eat as it cleans up internal parasites.</p><p>I hope that helps. Good luck.</p>
Thanks for your reply, I finally succeeded at the project. Initially the water was too warm.
<p>If it was warm it was fine. To be too warm would be very hot, as in hot enough to burn you.</p>
<p>My yeast won't rise, am using distilled water should I be using spring water? Thank you</p>
<p>I had the opposite problem. Mine rose at high speed and nearly overflowed! I think its because my BIL keeps the heat on so high at my dad's apt. Approx 79. It feels like a sauna.</p>
Thanks for your reply, I finally succeeded at eh project, initially the water was too warm
<p>Maybe your yeast is dead.</p>
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<p>thanks caught 20 small bugs in trap how long I can use the same solution to produce carbon di oxide</p>
<p>Can't say, too many variables. You can extend it by initially using less sugar, but then adding a little more each day.</p>

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