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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163 Discussions

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peaceandhope2017

Question 2 months ago on Introduction

Hello and thank you for sharing this.
How often do I need to replace the solution?
Can I reuse the bottle?

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willsp28-

Question 1 year ago

ok so we don't have yeast, so i put 2 pieces of bread would that work? also is this working for you guys?

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C.T2willsp28-

Answer 8 months ago

I was initially disappointed when I tried these yeast/bread/water mix traps. After two weeks, I saw a few bed bugs in the bottles...nothing spectacular. I said, "Oh, well" and forgot all about them. Anyway, about six months later, I found two of the bottles in a closet and they must have had about two or three hundred bedbugs in EACH trap. Most looked like hungry adolescent-age bedbugs that had met their doom trying to get out of the trap...almost like a throng of people trying to get out of the exit, but were stopped short by the design of the trap.
I am making a new batch of traps as we speak. The key, I guess, is to place the traps in an area that rarely gets disturbed and just WAIT...like, for about a few months. Then, check them and relish the hundreds of bed bug bodies left over from those bugs that thought they had a free meal ticket...but, in the end, all they could do was starve to death mere inches from salvation and left only with the realization that, since the beginning of time, they were fooled again and man has emerged the victor...for now.

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BritneyA7willsp28-

Answer 1 year ago

Unfortunately, when bread is cooked the yeast is killed. So adding bread probably won't be effective.

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prbokelman

Tip 9 months ago

Everyone who has had trouble with "Froth": Make sure that your water is 100-110 degrees F. Use a thermometer and also check the expiration date on the yeast packet and while you're looking at the back of the yeast packet, go ahead and write down the link that they have provided to you for tips on how to best use the yeast. www.breadworld.com/recipes HERE IS SOME OF THEIR INFO FROM THE WEB PAGE:

How do I activate/"proof" Active Dry Yeast?
Yeast is a living organism. Proofing "wakes up" the yeast from its dormant state and ensures it is still alive and active. It is only necessary to proof Active Dry Yeast.

Start by dissolving one whole packet of yeast in ¼ cup warm (100° –110° F) water.
(TIP: No thermometer? The water should feel lukewarm. Hot water will kill the yeast.) Stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar and wait 10 minutes. If the yeast is alive, the mixture should bubble or foam and double in size.
See Using Active Dry Yeast Video
I`ve heard you can "kill" yeast, what does that mean?
Caution! Yeast is a living organism that thrives in a warm, but not too hot, temperature. Liquids that are too hot (over 140°F) will kill your yeast, which means your dough will not rise. Heat your liquids just until it feels warm to the touch. If using a thermometer, 100°–110°F is the ideal temperature for Active Dry Yeast and 120°-130°F is the ideal temperature for RapidRise® and Bread Machine Yeast.
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PaulaT46

10 months ago

I was wondering what I can use instead of yeast. I've never tried this remedy but I have heard of just using sugar water, vinegar, and baking soda. Oh and saltine crackers. Any chance this may work? I'm happy for any advice that even has a remote chance of working. Thank you

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LovelyJen

3 years ago

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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Phoenix_DwynLovelyJen

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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Cynthia_JunePhoenix_Dwyn

Reply 10 months ago

The types of heaters that GretchenF3 is referring to can be found at places like The Home Depot, Lowe's, and Walmart. (I wouldn't suggest checking your local thrift store for one, heh heh!). I love her idea about using the heater in each room, it's a heck of a lot less expensive than hiring an exterminator who uses basically the same method, only all in one day. I would be afraid that precious family treasures (like photographs) would be destroyed during a heat extermination process. At least if I use Gretchen's method of heat treatment I can make sure certain items are safe when the room they're in is being treated!

Thanks Gretchen!!

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JoeG124Phoenix_Dwyn

Reply 2 years ago

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

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DrolkraJoeG124

Reply 1 year ago

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.

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QuantumErikGamingLovelyJen

Reply 1 year ago

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.

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willsp28-LovelyJen

Reply 1 year ago

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

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GretchenF3LovelyJen

Reply 1 year ago

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.

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HerbB4GretchenF3

Reply 1 year ago

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

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JoeG124LovelyJen

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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BehinjaminDLovelyJen

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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JaxxFLovelyJen

Reply 3 years ago

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

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Ladyofdsc123JaxxF

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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Blake95

1 year ago on Step 4

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