Easiest Bed Bug Trap

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Introduction: Easiest Bed Bug Trap

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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

Step 2: Prepare the Bottle

Cut the top off along the top edge of the label.

Step 3: Make Footholds

The bed bugs can't climb the smooth plastic bottle, so you have to give them something to grab as they climb. Wrap the bottle with paper towel and tape it on. Make it even at the bottom. Cut off the excess at the top, but leave a little overhang.

Step 4: Grand Finally

Fold the top over into the bottle, then invert the bottle top and insert it into the bottle. It should be even at the top with no plastic sticking up. 

You are done. You can add a little talc powder inside to make it more slippery, but I haven't found that necessary.

Put about 1/4 cup of sugar into the bottle and then about 3 inches of the sugar/yeast solution.

Put excess solution into the fridge. The yeast will go dormant in the cold, but become active again when warmed up.

Place it in a place where you want it to catch bed bugs and it won't get knocked over. You might find bed bugs in it in the morning. If you don't, that doesn't mean there are no bed bugs. They will only come if they are hungry. 

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There is a flaw in this recipe. It completely lacks nutrients to support healthy yeast growth. Yes, it will work, but it's the equivalent of trying to raise your kids on nothing but popsicles (yes, I've tested this on my kids. The first child was raised on popsicles, the second on microwave hot pockets, and the third was left to forage for itself as a control. Results were compared on measurements of height, weight, and GPA...).

You can easily generate much more CO2 for a longer period of time (7 to 10 days). All you need are yeast vitamins. The easiest thing to do is to simply substitute molasses for sugar. My recipe calls for 250 grams of molasses mixed in 1 Liter of water and baker's yeast. A alternative method is to use 1 Liter of water, 250 grams of sugar, baker's yeast, and 1 slice of whole wheat bread. Simply take a slice of bread and add it to the sugar water solution. Put the mix through a blender until smooth. Add yeast. The solution may be poured into a common 2 Liter soft drink bottle to ferment. This gives the solution adequate headroom to bubble, froth, and expand without spilling out of the bottle. If you put a full 2 Liters of fluid into a 2 Liter bottle then the fluid may spill out as it begins to generate CO2 and foam.

At the end of 10 days or when it stops bubbling you may choose to drink the solution as it will have turned into a sort of beer or wine. It actually tastes quite good. It will contain about 5 to 10% alcohol by volume.

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I'd believe you if you hadn't said that you tried raising your kids on various things mentioned above. But then you also used more precise measures so now I don't know.

Oh my gawd! I'm in tears. People are looking at me like I've lost it. Thank you for making me laugh. I really needed that.

Used in the trap it will have bed bugs in it, so I for one would not care to drink it.

What you are describing is likely the precursor to rum!

How much yeast do you use in your recipe? the same as the original recipe - 1/2 tsp?

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.

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.

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.

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

TLJ

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I mean, you prably didn't have to destroy your carpets (unless they were ugly as hell then sure). You could just buy a heat gun or a good hand held steamer and steamed every last bit of the carpet. Same goes for clothes.

they can live for about a year without feeding, also they will be constantly making more even without feeding, so simply starving them will not work, you have to kill every last one

HEAT: I will say the thing that worked the very first time for us was also the easiest thing we tried. We did one room at a time. We sealed any door and window cracks so the room was sealed and then used a large kerosene, torpedo type heater people normally use in their garages.We put a thermometer in the room and heated it to around 140-145° for 45 min. We did this in each room that was effected. We were lucky that we caught it early and only 2 of our rooms were effected. We used this method on both rooms and two years later we are still bug free. Before the heat treatment we had tried bombs and sprays to no avail. Of course we still did all laundry in effected rooms on high heat and daily vacuuming during issue but the heat was so simple and worked completely. I was impressed after trying so many things.

Hello. Where did you find this type of heater? I have a close friend in need of this help. Thx in advance

I can completely relate to your situation. My family have been battering this nightmare for over a year as well. I have tried everything except an exterminator, which I should have done right away because I've spent so much money on traps, sprays, DE, steamer, etc. As soon as I think we have won the battle, it starts all over again. You never know exactly where those little eggs are! We have gotten to the point of carefully washing and spraying everything, packing it up, buying new bedroom furniture and moving. As vicious as these things are, I hope that I haven't missed that "one little egg" that could possibly come with us.

See my post above. Take a 1 week vacation and kill them off with prolonged high heat or extreme cold.

Bedbugs can survive cold environment. bedbugs survived lower temperatures, with eggs surviving in short-term exposures … to temperatures as low as -25° C,” the researchers write. But the bugs are not freeze tolerant, the scientists found, and they can be killed — no matter their stage of life or feeding status. All it takes is 80 hours in temperatures of -16° C.

They cannot survive prolonged heat or extreme cold. So, depending on where you live, it's climate and season, you can either kill them off with heat or cold. Do some research. If you do use extreme cold, make sure you drain your water pipes, water meter, if you have one, thoroughly or they will burst.

It should be noted that the adult bed bug can hibernate without feeding for up to three years so starving them out in four months isn't possible.

The traps will be useful for those hibernating in your storage, however, as they mimic live breath.

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).

I'm thinking about building one of these traps and surrounding with the DE

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.

I found out I had bed bugs 3 days ago. I think I had been getting bit for maybe 1 week. Since Wednesday I have been spraying alcohol and vinegar mix along walls, carpet, furniture everywhere 3x a day. I found them on Wednesday along the seam of my mattress. I only saw two. A dark one a slightly white one with a little red in the middle. I didn’t look anymore after those two. I immediately threw out my mattress and box spring. I live out in the country so it’s on the burn pile. Think they will come from the burn pile back into my house ? I’ve only had one bite since the spraying, vaccuming, cleaning, and putting baby oil in lids set under my child’s crib and the futon I’m sleeping on. The one bite happened the night of Wednesday after getting rid of the mattress. I haven’t seen any sign of them since then. I was the only one getting bit. I’ve ordered spray and DE. Can anyone tell me what they think of what kind of infestation I have? Does it sound light? Is it possible the nest/infestation was contained to my bed? I need some assurance, honesty, something to tell me that maybe I was lucky enough to not have a huge fight against these monsters and that maybe my battle can be short lived

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I mean. Stay aside and be cautious for maybe 1 month. If you so even slightly feel a bite check it immediately if you want to be 100% sure you don't still have bedbugs. Plus. I'd still recommend that you use diatomaceous earth. Like spreading it out there and there. Also cleaning like everything. If you want to be completely bed bug free then clean ever textile you have. Gas/clean/spray woodwork and check in your walls for dents or cracks. If you have cracks then use, or create/buy a gas machine and pump it with really concentrated vinegar or alcohol and spray inside your walls. Then pour silicone gel inside it and seal it. Also, make sure that if you do the last bit, if you're not in a warm environment then keep the walls you've treated heated. It keeps the reaction going. Or atleast better.

Leave the gas there for maybe 3 days and then call the exterminator. If you get the exterminator I'd recommend to hire good ones. Don't be cheap.