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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

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<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>
Where do I buy this please help
<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>
<p>DE is a carcinogen, as in, causes cancer. DO NOT cover yourself with it! I don't know about what is sold at grocery stores, but I used this stuff for years in pool filters. You have to use breathing masks to avoid inhaling it. It gets into your lungs, creates scar tissue, and causes cancer. Please be better informed.</p>
It is a completely different grade food grade is so fine that unless you inhale a large amount it is also made from algae so it is harmless we have used it in livestock food and around animal pens for years it actually kills alot of internal parasites in animals when they eat it and fleas ticks and other parasites that live on animals. People have even been known yo mix it into food to sucesfully rid themselves of tape worms and other parasites. So please be better informed yourself.
<p>&quot;Food grade&quot; DE is NOT carcinogenic, the type that is heat treated to crystallize the silicates is used for swimming pool filters will damage your lungs and can lead to something like asbestosis. Still works on bed bugs, but really bad to breath or to get in your eyes. Food grade is safe in every way. I cover my dog, as bed bugs will bite dogs if their human hosts are not available. It also keeps the fleas and ticks away, although I don't know why. The DE does not &quot;cut up&quot; the bed bugs so they will bleed to death, it makes tiny cuts in the coating over their exoskeleton and this causes them to desiccate, or dry out. It takes 7-21 days for them to die.</p>
<p>Just because it's food grade and can be eaten does NOT mean that it's safe in every way. Neither you nor your dog should breath it. It does the same thing in lungs as it does to bugs. It does the same to fleas and ticks as it does to bed bugs. </p><p>I saw a guy on the internet that put his cat into a large plastic bag and stuck her head out of a small hole while he sealed the large hole. Then he had other holes for his arms. He then proceeded to cover the cat with DE. One he was done he let the cat out of the bag and everyone was happy, except for the fleas.</p>
<p>It's fine if you breath it, but like anything (including dust and pollen) you will have some respiratory problems if you try and breathe in a handful of the stuff. You can spread it without wearing a mask, you can spread it on your bed and sleep in it. It is safe!!!</p><p>See link from Oregon State Univ. <br></p><p><a href="http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html" rel="nofollow">http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html</a></p><p>For thousands of articles from research orgs on the safety of &quot;food grade&quot; vs &quot;heat treated&quot;</p><p><a href="https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,44&q=safety+of+food+grade+diatomaceous+earth" rel="nofollow">https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&amp;as_sdt=0,...</a></p>
<p>I'm Going to do this today. I've been sleeping outside on an air mattress in my gazebo for months now. They should be starving by now. </p><p>I got infested from a sofa i bought at a thrift store. Never again. We pulled the beds apart and sprayed and used DE. Still got bitten. </p><p>I've started boxing everything up and ripping out old carpets and under pads; the old wallpaper is next and the paneling. House is old ( built ca. 1947) and absolutely FULL of cracks. I keep praying State Farm covers bed bug infestation disaster clean up, but they won't. Ugh. </p><p>I wonder if i can use small bottles of it to put in the boxes of stuff. The boxes are plastic and probably slippery for them to climb out of ... I've had these bugs for going on a year now ... At my wits end</p><p>TLJ</p>
<p>Hit up tractor supply and buy a couple huge bags of Diatomaceous earth (they have it cheap). cover..well, everything in the house with it. Fighting the damn things myself right now and while it isn't instant-kill they definitely don't like going through it. And it's not a chemical, it's a mechanical assault so they have no immunity. Isopropyl alcohol is good at killing the bugs and the eggs on contact but frankly i just have them in a 10x10 foot room and i've gone through almost a gallon in the past week. Heat works too, if you bring your items to 140 degrees for 20 minutes or so it's lights out. It also doesn't hurt to experiment and see what's actually effective chemical-wise since different bugs are resistant to different things. The Hot Shot stuff seems to just make mine hungrier. I've also got some sprays and such from Harris (they make a kit) and it seems to be working (came with the diatomaceous earth), using the 3 part kit in conjunction with alcohol and ecologic bed bug killer (that appears to just be diluted lemongrass oil but damn that stuff seems to work). </p><p>I'm thinking about building one of these traps and surrounding with the DE<br><br></p>
I know this is off the wall I do thank you for this information and I will try it all. I am a single mother with 2 kids and full time job. My baby sitter over the summer advised me she had bed bugs. Well she gave us a gift from....so I noticed bites on myself always feeling like my skin was crawling. Was not my skin! Zig zag bites in the morning I've been kicked out my room for months now.
<p>awesome. i am going to do this . I just finished killing bed bugs with a heater i read about on <a href="http://toomanyadapters.com/ces-2014-best-rest/" rel="nofollow">http://toomanyadapters.com/ces-2014-best-rest/</a> and i want a trap around incase I didnt get them all. thanks so much</p>
<p>1) You can kill bugs on mattresses and surfaces by spraying rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol on them. Bed bug poison is 99.9% rubbing alcohol, anyways, and we found that it was equally effective and 1/100th of the cost. It only kills the bugs that it directly comes into contact with, though. Also, it will strip paint, damage some plastics, and ruin hard-wood. Surface test it first. Great for mattresses! If you are using a lot, consider going outside and using good ventilation. (Alcohol is also very flammable, so use common sense while you're spraying.) This is my recommended method for most non-linen items. Also, it is cheap (99 cents), and you can just pop a hole in the top of a bottle and spray furniture you pick up off the curb to kill bedbugs or fleas, and you can spray your luggage when you get home and leave it on the porch to dry as a preventative measure.</p><p>2) You can also put your things in garbage bags and lock them in a hot car in the sunlight all day (but check online for the temperature it has to reach). This is the best method for (most) plastics and paper. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHS. It can also damage the binding of books.</p><p>3) Toss cloth things in the clothes dryer and run for a full cycle. This is the best method to use for linens, clothes, pillows, and stuffed animals!</p><p>4) For really heat sensitive stuff, you can put it in a bag in a cooler full of dry ice, but be careful because the condensation can get it wet and ruin it. You have to leave this for more than 3 hours - the bug we tested with lasted 2 hours at least in the cold and was still alive. I really don't recommend this method.</p><p>5) For everything else (ex: photographs, which melt in the heat, and are damaged by water), put it in a ziplock bag and leave it sealed for 6 months. I suggest writing &quot;Do not open until XXXX date&quot; on the bags. (I found baby bugs in a suitcase stored in a hot attic for 1 month. Hotter conditions speed up their metabolisms and their growth rates.) This is the best method for photographs and books!</p><p>I highly suggest capturing a few bugs and putting them in ziplock baggies and experimenting with what kills them. You will learn some surprising things about what does and doesn't work, and how much time it takes to work.</p>
<p>Hello, Thank you for sharing your recipe and info. How long does the trap last? Or when should I remake traps?</p>
<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>

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