How Do Bed Bug Interceptors Work

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What is a bed bug interceptor?

The ClimbUp® interceptor includes a light dusting of talc that must be replenished every time the trap is cleaned. The outside of the the cup is covered with fabric tape to help bed bugs climb to enter the trap.

One of the most useful devices that has been invented for bed bug monitoring and management is the bed bug interceptor. These are simple devices based on the principle that bed bugs are not very good at climbing slippery, vertical surfaces. Interceptor cups usually consist of a plastic dish large enough to contain a bed post, with an outer “moat” designed to catch and retain bed bugs. Sometimes these traps are referred to as pitfall traps for bed bugs.

The moat on an interceptor cup will have vertical, or near vertical, sides. Sometimes a light coating of talcum powder is added to the inside of the cup to make it more difficult for the bed bug to escape the moat (Note that talc itself is not toxic for bed bugs, and only a very fine film is needed–too much will make it difficult to see bed bugs in the trap).

Uses for interceptor cups include:

  • Protecting bed occupants from bed bugs not already on the bed.
  • To see whether bed bugs are present, and in what numbers.
  • To assess the effectiveness of bed bug treatments.
  • As an early detection system for bed bugs in hotels, apartments, homes.
  • As part of a do-it-yourself bed bug management effort.

How to Use

The Blackout™ Bed Bug Detector does not require talc. Roughened plastic on the outside facilitates bed bug entry.

Interceptor cups should be placed under the posts of beds needing protection from bed bugs. To maximize protection it is important that beds not touch walls or any nearby furniture. Dust ruffles or any bedding that touches the floor will also keep the interceptors from serving as protection from bed bugs. Formonitoringpurposes, interceptors can be placed under bed posts, or anywhere under the bed. Interceptor cups will be most effective when used on bed where someone is sleeping, with the person serving as an attraction for the bugs. Interceptors can also be placed under sofas or upholstered or wicker furniture where bed bugs may hide. Recent research shows that bed bugs are highly mobile and may be found throughout homes, even in areas where you might not expect to find them. Interceptors may be placed in bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, or anywhere desired.

A ClimbUp® trap from a heavily infested apartment contains many bed bugs of all life stages.

To fully monitor a typical two bedroom apartment, a minimum of 12 interceptors is best (assuming four cups per bed, and two cups per sofa and recliner chair). If protection of the beds is less important than early detection or monitoring, two cups per bed is OK. Dust and debris will accumulate in traps and must be cleaned periodically, usually at least once a month. When checking interceptor cups, it may be easiest to dump them in a smooth-sided plastic tub to help you inspect the contents of the trap. By using a tub with vertical sides, you can minimize the chance of bed bugs escaping before they can be dispensed with. Dump live bugs into soapy water or place in a plastic bag and dispose in an outdoor trash receptacle.

A thermos or even styrofoam cup filled with dry ice and placed in the center of an interceptor can enhance the effectiveness of the trap for detecting bed bugs.

The effectiveness of an interceptor trap for bed bugs can be enhanced if coupled with a carbon dioxide source or pheromone attractant. This can be especially useful for pest management companies or building managers who wish to determine whether bed bugs might be present in empty apartments, empty school classrooms, work places or other locations where bed bugs may be difficult to detect. It is best to use CO2 traps over weekends or holidays in school or work sites. Take caution when using dry ice in areas where children might be present. In small rooms, CO2 can be toxic; and dry ice may cause burns if handled without gloves. In occupied rooms, or locations children might encounter the traps with dry ice, traps should be used with lure only, or without additional attractant. Traps without a lure can still serve as effective bed bug detectors.

Where to Purchase Interceptors

Bed bug interceptors or monitors are not generally available in stores, but can be purchased online. Two popular manufacturers include ClimbUp ® and Blackout™ bed bug interceptors. You may also want to search online for terms “bed bug monitors” or “bed bug interceptors”. There is also now a newer trap design that is smaller and designed to place in discreet locations around the home. Called the Volcano™ bed bug detector, it is designed to hold a lure to enhance trap effectiveness. Because of its small size, the Volcano™ will not provide bed protection, but is designed purely as a monitor. All of these traps can be found online via a search engine.

If you can’t afford commercial traps or need to get interceptors installed immediately, you can also make your own bed bug interceptor traps with a few simple household items. For a video on how to do this from the University of Florida, please click here.

Do Bed Bug Interceptors Work? Here’s A Look At The Popular Commercial Options

Due to the rising bed bug infestations, different pesticide manufacturers had come up with unique solutions to trick the pest to their death. One these are the bed bug interceptors used to trap the pest in a slippery solution that will foil their planned attack on the host. These are just simple devices placed at the foot of the bedding that contains an outer moat to ensure that no bed bugs would escape the trap once they’re in. But the question is this: do bed bug interceptors work?

Based on consumer reviews and results of different experiments, these products work its purpose. It serves as pitfall traps to the bugs without exposing the household to abrasive chemicals. What you need is the special dish where you’ll add a thin amount of talcum powder. The amount of the powder should be contained in a film-thin level so you can still see the bugs in the trap.

Basically, these are the purpose of interceptors:

-Protect the host from further bites.

-Control the population of the pest

-Serve as an alternative to chemical traps and baits

-An early detection device during the onset of a bed bug infestation

If you’re thinking of setting up an interceptor, it might be a good choice to purchase commercially available options. These are usually laboratory tested and contain structures that will retain the bugs once it’s trapped on the dish or slippery surface. Here are some options:

ClimbUp Bed Bug Interceptors Pack of 12

ClmibUp is so far the most popular household choice for bed bug interceptors. It uses a pesticide-free dish and it can fit almost any furniture posts with a maximum of 3.75 inches in diameter. The trap is basically a specially designed plastic dishes with a slippery surface so the bugs can’t escape once they are in. However, keep in mind that this won’t kill the bugs and it will only trap them effectively. So do bed bug interceptors work? Yes, it does.

If you’re worried about cracking the interceptor due to the weight of the furniture, the ClimbUp trap is made of crack-resistant polypro plastics that are also used for kitchen wares.

About the question whether or not this works, I can say that the ClimbUp trap does what it supposed to be doing. It can actually help in tracing the direction from where the bugs are coming from. It’s optional if you want to add talcum powder for added ‘trapping’ effect.

LightOut Pitfall Trap and Bed Bug Detector

Another option is the LightOut Pitfall Trap and Bed Bug Detector. This is also pesticide-free and utilizes a powderless trap that the bed bugs would find impossible to escape from. It has the same size with that of the ClimbUp but it comes in a black dish that may somehow help in luring the pest when the lights are out. So do bed bug interceptors work? The outer walls of the trap are textured so the bugs can easily climb into it only to fall on a slippery slope.

Like most of the interceptors, this LightsOut product doesn’t kill any bugs and it will only contain the pest inside the plate. The dish itself is durable and there’s added stability if ever you’re going to place it in the open.

This interceptor may not catch many but it will work on detecting bugs and catching a handful of critters that will surely give you rashes by morning if not stopped.

PestHawk Bed Bug Trap

If you’re not satisfied with one dish like the LightsOut product, you can choose the ClimbUp trap or the PestHawk Bed Bug Trap. This has on an oval shape with ribbed outer walls to make it a friendly object for the bugs to climb. The inner part will have a very slippery surface to avoid the bugs from climbing away.

The PestHawk set is made of quality plastic that is thicker than the other traps here. This will last longer and it won’t break easily when used on heavy furniture. You can also add a small amount of talc if you want added assurance that the bugs won’t escape your trap. So do bed bug interceptors work? Try it yourself and see the results!

Remember that if you have an advancing infestation before you get these, the bed bugs might already be on your bed’s frame. This trap would only catch those that hide in other spots and would have to climb up to feed on you. Basically, this is how every interceptor works.

Aspectek Bed Bug Trap

If your problem is cracking interceptors, then you might want to purchase Aspectek Bed Bug Traps for a change. These have unique bumps on the inner part of the dish to distribute the weight of the furniture and prevent the plastic from breaking. Also, this has grooved outer layers to allows the bugs to effortlessly climb into the trap.

This product comes with eight traps so you can place one in multiple places. The good thing is that this is chemical free and I don’t think you’ll need to use additional talcum powder just to prevent the bugs from escaping.

As a tip, avoid placing this on soft carpets, as there are cases when the plastic would break off if placed in a less sturdy surface. Other than that, this interceptor can do its job. Just don’t expect that the whole infestation would be eliminated using this. Use interceptor traps as a complementing method on your pest control.

What To Remember When Using These Interceptors

Do bed bug interceptors work? Sure thing, bed bug interceptors could catch a few bugs that will serve its purpose of detecting or controlling the infestation as well as the bites. But keep in mind that there are some factors that may hinder the efficacy of these products like the following:

Remove any spider webs or dust

Spider webs can cover the interceptor after a long time when you fail to check it. Dust would also be another thing since it will make the surface rougher and conducive for crawling. If you want to make these traps work for you, take time to scour those webs.

Clean the trap every night

Bed bug interceptors don’t kill the pest. It only contains it inside the slippery surface. With this, make sure to dispose of the bugs every morning to prevent it from escaping. Dangling sheets could easily touch the trap and allow the bugs a rescue path to finally harbor on your bed.

Don’t just empty the dish in the trash can as the bugs are surely alive. This pest doesn’t die in just one night of turning cold turkey from your juice.

Install at least 12 interceptors

If your plan is to detect a bed bug infestation, install at least 12 traps around the house where the bugs might be harboring. Do this in every bed in the household as well as the chairs and sofas if possible. Using many interceptors would also help in controlling the population of the bugs if paired with potent treatments. Do bed bug interceptors work? It’s a yes on the detection and prevention part.

Add an attractant like pheromones

Bugs are attracted to the human body heat and carbon dioxide. But if you want to yield higher results, you can use pheromones on the dish or your bed. A few drops would do to lure these pesky insects. There are commercially available bed bug pheromones that you can purchase. These are chemicals extracted from the exoskeleton of the bugs that are proven to lure them.

So do bed bug interceptors work? The answer is yes. Still, remember that this won’t eradicate an entire infestation, instead, it will only help in detection and prevention. Many users had proven the efficacy of these products while others have varying results. If you’re keen on dealing with the bug pest, you can buy some for your house and see how it will turn out.

The Best Bed Bug Traps

While bed bugs can often be hard to spot, there are ways to fight back. Learn which bed bug traps work best and what to do once you’ve trapped them.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that, if they enter your home, pose a definite threat to you and your family’s well-being. Worse,bed bugsare often extremely difficult—and expensive—to eliminate. However, while bed bugs are resistant to many commercial, over-the-counter pesticides, some can be contained (though not eradicated) using bed bug traps.

These DIY tips for trapping bed bugs can help you take immediate steps to intercept some of these insects and save you and your family some discomfort until a professional arrives.

Use interceptor cups on furniture that may be infested with bed bugs.

Unless they are feeding, bed bugs like to remain hidden from view. Unfortunately, bed bugs are attracted by the carbon dioxide you exhale while sleeping.

Interceptor cups are designed to trap bed bugs while they’re moving from their hiding places to their food source. The cups work on the principle that bed bugs can effectively move over rough or textured surfaces but are helpless to climb smooth surfaces. The cups consist of a smaller inner container and a larger outer container. Bed bugs are able to enter these traps (either from the infested bed or from their hiding places in walls, floors and other areas of the home) but are unable to escape them. By placing a trap under each bedpost (or each leg of an infested piece of furniture), you can effectively trap bed bugs while you and your family sleep.

You can find commercially manufactured traps at certain online retailers, but most have not been proven effective by reliable testing methods. You can also make your own interceptor trap using such common household materials as plastic food containers, masking tape and talcum powder (or car polish). The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) posted an instructional video on how to construct these traps here.

These interceptors are great tools for monitoring furniture you suspect may be infested and confirming if you have a bed bug problem that requires professional treatment. They will not catch bed bugs that are already present on the same side of the trap as the host, and the most common places to find bed bugs are on the headboard and mattresses.

Use a mattress encasement system.

A mattress encasement system is a vinyl or polyurethane-lined fabric cover for your mattress and box spring. The system is designed to trap any bed bugs that may already be living inside the bed and to effectively starve them. The encasement also creates an impermeable barrier against any bed bugs attempting to infest the bed. These systems are also used as monitoring tools, and you can more easily identify any bed bugs on the surface of the cover, which eliminates the seams and crevices that bed bugs like to hide in between feedings.

You can find mattress encasements at many major retailers, and some pest control services also sell their own systems. These systems can cost as little as $20 to $40 and as much as $500 to $600. Regardless of which system you choose, you should evaluate the following features of the cover itself to make sure that it will be effective.

The cover should be breathable, waterproof and comfortable to sleep on. Make sure that the cover is advertised as "bite-proof" and that the salesperson or product information can back up this claim with specific information about the materials used in the manufacture of the cover. Finally, make sure the cover’s zippers do not offer opportunities for bed bugs to enter or escape the encasement. Zippers that do not close fully (e.g., has a gap between the actual zipper and its "stop") or tightly (e.g., because the zipper "teeth" are too large) are definite warning signs. Look for zippers that can be locked in place once closed for extra protection.

If you have bed bugs in your home, you should call a professional. Bed bugs are difficult to control and are not a DIY pest. Consult with a professional pest management professional such as Terminix if you suspect bed bugs in your home.

Customer Reviews for ClimbUp Insect Interceptor

Rating Snapshot

5 stars16
4 stars7
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1 star4

Average Customer Rating

Be advised when using ClimbUp Insect Interceptor

By Fran on 08/20/2010

Just began using this product. Unfortunately some of the bedbugs have managed to climb into the center well leaving access to the legs of my bed. I have taken the precaution of using Vaseline on the legs and side rails I have successfully trapped some of the bugs on the Vaseline.

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72 of 76 people found this review helpful

Works as indicator

By Js on 08/11/2010

Instructions should say: remove each one from the BOTTOM of the stack, it’s much easier. These were for my parents’ apartment in NYC, which had already been treated. We put them under chair and sofa legs in the living room, and under wheels of the bed frame in the bedroom. None appeared in the ones under the bed, but we got a few in the OUTER ring of traps in the living room. That was a surprise to us. Made us look hard, we found a place that had them and had not been treated first time (a fabric seat on a kitchen chair – which we promptly discarded) and had the exterminator back the next day to re-treat, this time including the remaining kitchen chairs. So, they served their purpose as indicators, but as the instructions say they are NOT by themselves a control method. In this case, going from kitchen to bedroom could bring bugs to the bed (which were in barrier covers) despite the interceptors under the bed wheels.

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63 of 65 people found this review helpful

Good results in lab tests, will follow up with field results

By Enrique on 11/20/2009

Four stars strictly for idea- just ordered and read some studies on using this Climb Up Insect Inspector. Primarily a monitoring tool/probably won’t eliminate bed bugs but gives you an idea of where they are residing and if they are still active following treatment. Inexpensive, and can be used with Diatomaceous Earth to trap bug coming from the bed (may trap bugs in mattress.) Use a mattress cover too and spend the money on a decent one with locking zipper. Eggs must be treated with steam or chemicals or dusts. Good luck.

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45 of 50 people found this review helpful

Climbup Insect Interceptor

By William on 10/17/2011

Yes they work. I am using Baby Powder in them. They are catching the bugs. They can’t get out of the Traps. I am using 3 inch PVC End Caps that you can get at ACE or any Hardware Store to place in the center. This adds more protection and gives the legs something to set in.

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43 of 48 people found this review helpful

A little spendy

By Brian on 10/31/2012

. and I can’t really even prove they work. I went with the nuclear option and sprayed everything and tossed box springs, so I haven’t trapped any bugs. Still, it seems reasonable they would work. Our infestation (based on horror stories and photos from the web) was mild and caught in it’s infancy, so I’m hoping I’ve crushed the little buggers outright with chemical measures. That said, the peace of mind of the traps is worth it. DON’T FORGET LARGER BEDS HAVE CENTER SUPPORTS. YOU’LL NEED 6 PER BED, not just the 4 corners.

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42 of 45 people found this review helpful

By Jim on 05/10/2010

Climb-ups are a major tool in bed bug control. I have a bed bug company and use climb ups on every job. If you have a large bed post it will be to big for the climb up. Metal bed frames work very well, check dimensions.

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35 of 43 people found this review helpful

Worked well except cracked on carpeted floor

By Jerry on 12/28/2011

We bought Climbup interceptors for three beds at our house as part of our bed bug remediation strategy. They have worked properly on the one bed that is on a hardwood floor, but the interceptors cracked when used on carpeted floors. I searched online and found out this is a common problem. I made a set of plywood "coasters" to go under the interceptors which fixed the problem.

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32 of 33 people found this review helpful

ClimbUp Insect Interceptor

By Diana on 03/31/2012

The product was received quickily, but should have been mailed in a confidential manner based on what the product was and not in a box indicating the name of the product. Because of this I would prefer to purchase such an item as this from a company that keeps what customers order confidential. I believe it would also increase your sales if you indicated that all products such as these would be mailed in a confidential manner. Thank you.

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32 of 38 people found this review helpful

An added step worth the cost

By George on 09/04/2011

Good product does trap bedbugs just wish the were more resilient to weight on the bed. Ours cracked and we were able to beef up the bases with structural tape and all is good. They do trap bugs and that’s the main thing. Made in USA is a good thing, too.

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25 of 27 people found this review helpful

Concerned about the plastic strength

By Shane on 01/29/2011

I returned this product because I was concerned about the strength of the plastic. I have a heavy metal bed frame with narrow legs. I was concerned it would crack the plastic interceptors. My fall-back position was to put double-sided tape around the bed legs. When the tape was no longer sticky, I put Vaseline on the tape.

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23 of 29 people found this review helpful

By Pru on 06/19/2012

I put felt pads on the bottoms of my metal bedposts to help prevent cracking – seems to be working so far. I think the best thing about this product is the peace of mind one gets. I’ve not trapped any bedbugs (but many other bugs), so I feel fairly confident that I am rid of them. I also bought the mattress/box spring/pillow protectors, so by using these I am much more comfortable with the situation. I plan to keep the traps on the bedposts, because I travel a fair amount. Will be super cautious now in hotels, bought the luggage liner as well. TAKE PRECAUTIONS!!

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22 of 24 people found this review helpful

By Ed on 02/26/2013

The product worked quite well! The little pests are getting stuck in the interceptors and are dying off!

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20 of 22 people found this review helpful

By Yvonne on 09/30/2014

Exactly as expected, fast service, as advertised product. Interesting that "grandma" used to have these in glass "back in the old days" these were standard for all homes, only in glass.

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19 of 19 people found this review helpful

Climbup bug traps

By Woritlel on 10/24/2011

I have them, and they are in place. No bugs found as of 3 weeks.

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15 of 18 people found this review helpful

Cracked in 2 weeks

By Chitownruss on 12/28/2010

Normal full size bed, metal frame with wheels, one sleeper, normal carpet. I turn over a lot when I sleep, but still.

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13 of 25 people found this review helpful

By Richard on 02/24/2016

Strong good prouduct,use to see what is coming,not to stop an infestation of course.if you live in a city. with a high bedbug rate, you should have one of these under every bed.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

By Jack on 09/24/2014

Works great. bugs gone Would order again, if necessary.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

ClimbUp Insect Interceptor

By Angie on 05/18/2016

Star rating is typing error So far nothing has shown up in the interceptors after two weeks of use – I sleep in the bed and have gotten two bites during the night – yet no sign of bedbugs in interceptors.. We are going to try dry ice next Do you have more advice –

Expert response:
The interceptors will only capture bedbugs if they are coming from other areas than the bed. We recommend you thoroughly treat the bed with appropriate products such as encaements, treat the frame and move the bed away from the walls. If the interceptors capture bedbugs capture bedbugs at this point you will know that the bedbugs are in other areas that also need to be treated. Please a few moments to read pour bedbug guide to learn more about this treatment:

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10 of 13 people found this review helpful

You need climb up interceptors in your fight against bedbug

By Walter on 10/05/2015

Climbup Interceptor are a good way to keep bedbugs from crawling on your bed.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

By Nicole on 10/21/2010

Quick and WONDERFUL service! I would recommend this product to anyone.

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9 of 14 people found this review helpful

Only caught a few

By Love on 08/30/2013

Feel like I wasted money. only caught a few bedbugs. I bought 4 climb ups, used as directed and over a month later there are only 4 bedbugs in them

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8 of 21 people found this review helpful

Smooth communication, quick delivery

By Kickkick on 07/04/2010

I got this product in a perfect package and very quickly. Thank you.

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7 of 16 people found this review helpful

By Beverly on 10/30/2016

I put these down as instructed 2 weeks ago and so far nothing. However, I am still being bitten. My bed is away from the wall and nothing is hanging to the floor. My bed is only on a frame no head or foot board. I’m not to happy.

Expert response:
The ClimbUps are a passive trap designed to intercept bed bugs only. Please let us know if you need assistance identifying or treating bed bugs!

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

By Brue on 10/24/2017

Inexpensive, highly effective way to monitor for Bed Bugs. Great for positive ID to determine if treatment is needed, and great for verifying treatment worked. They’ll probably even keep the ones not in the bed yet, off of you.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By Rob on 02/16/2019

Tested these things out personally on a chair that never gets used the bed bug still tried to make their way up into the chair only to be trapped also note used a small amount of powder in the interceptors and killed them when they were trapped.. great product!

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

By George on 03/25/2015

They are easy to use and work as described. So far I have not had any crack nor break.

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Monitoring bed bug population density

By Liz on 08/10/2016

My tenants keep beds & sofas against the walls & have lots of bedside clutter, so ClimbUps are empty in spite of active bed bug infestation.

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5 of 9 people found this review helpful

By Bo on 11/01/2015

Good trap. Works good as designed for. I find it great bed bug trap.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

My Legs Are Too Fat!!

By Barb on 09/29/2018

This is a good product but the top legs on our bed are too thick so they don’t fit right. They are fine on the bottom and the idea behind the design is a good one.

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Like Having "Check Point Charley" Under The Feet Of The Bed!

Bed Bug Interceptor-How it works, DIY & Reviews

Interceptors are simple devices that can help to monitor and control bed bugs. Herein, learn how these devices work, pros and cons plus steps to do create your own- DIY homemade bed bug interceptor

In addition, find reviews of the available commercial interceptors to help you make an informed decision before buying.

What is a Bed Bug Interceptor?

It is a device made to monitor and manage bed bugs. It relies on the principle that bed bugs lack the ability to climb vertical surfaces that are slippery.

This technique is used by the pest control companies to check the presence of bed bugs in empty houses and apartments.

This device is made up of cups which consist a plastic dish that is huge enough to hold the posts or stands of a couch or bed.

The outer layer of the dish, often referred to as the moat, is what does the function of trapping and keeping hold of the insects. It is probably where they get the name pitfall traps

Often,other substances such as talcum powder are added to the moat to make it harder for the bugs to get away.

It is important to note this method cannot fix an entire infestation of bed bugs.

It is a control measure that can help prevent or stop the bugs from getting to your bedding or couches.

The effectiveness will depend on how use it. If it for monitoring purposes then when used appropriately, the results are substantial.

Pros and cons

The following are some of the advantages that come with the use of interceptors.

  • It enables early detection of bed bugs and thus easier control.
  • Compared to other control methods, it is cheap
  • In most cases, homemade pitfall traps do not contain toxic chemicals.

The disadvantages that come with the use of interceptors is that most of them only provide monitoring and nothing more.

How they work

The interceptor has two surfaces; the rough surface and the smooth surface.

On the rough surface, the bed bug is able to climb the interceptor while the smooth surfaced moat prevents the bed bug from escaping. The bed bugs once they find themselves in the interceptor, they cannot find their way out.[1]

The interceptors are placed under the bed posts or any other place provided it is below the bed. You can also place them under posts/stands of any other furniture where bed bugs are likely to hide.

Once placed here in these positions, you can be able to monitor and take action.

The interceptor also works best when you put it in the sleeping room where the occupants release carbon dioxide that is an attractant.

For improved results, you can as well incorporate carbon dioxide in the interceptor. However, remember that this gas is toxic especially when used in rooms with limited space. Therefore, it should be used only when occupants are away

Ensure there is no bedding touching the floor as this may provide away for the bug to get to your bed.

In the course of time, it has been established that bed bugs are also found in other places apart from the bedroom.

They can also be found in the kitchen, bathrooms and halls. Therefore, consider these places when installing it.[2]

Homemade Bed Bug Interceptor-DIY

  • DIY guide on how you can make an interceptor at home
  • A small container that you can easily fit under your furniture e.g. a food storage container.
  • A larger container that the smaller one will fit in.
  • A rough tape like the masking tape
  • Hot glue if possible super glue
  • Talcum powder
  • Car polish
  • A square-sized plywood
  1. Cut the tape into four pieces. Put the pieces high on the wall of the smaller container
  2. Spread out the pieces and then press them firmly on the inside of the container on a vertical orientation, on the inside of the container.
  3. Cover the entire exterior surface of the larger container using the tape, so as to ensure that the entire container is covered from the base to the upper part.
  4. Using glue, stick the smaller container into the larger container on the bottom side.
  5. Make the surfaces so smooth so that the bed bugs cannot run away. Take some polish or talc powder and apply on the interior side of the large container and the exterior surface of the smaller container. If you choose talc powder, do not touch the do not touch the surfaces that are dusted using your bare hands.

Buying Guide

The bed bug interceptors are available in the insect control stores. There are some companies that sell their merchandise online.

The most famous manufacturers of the device include Blackout™ and ClimbUp®.

Other designs are also hitting the market and they include Volcano™ which is made to include a lure for the bed bugs thus increased effectiveness. It is however only designed for monitoring because of its size.

If you are not able to buy the detectors from the platforms, then you can use the locally available equipment to make one for yourself as shown above.

Tips to buy the best

  • When buying a bed bug interceptor, the first thing to look at is the size. Buying an overly large interceptor may not be effective in the long run.
  • You should also look at the features that constitute the interceptor
  • The brand or type of interceptor is also important. This will give you the chance to choose an authentic and not a fake product.


The reviews by users of the bed bug interceptors vary from one type to the other.

For instance, theClimb Up interceptoris made using a thin layer of talc and this helps it to trap bed bugs.

It is surrounded with a dual system that can indicate where the bed bugs are coming from; furniture of outside. It is used on anything that has legs or stands e.g. tables, chairs and beds as well as clothing racks and sofas.

Thelights out bed bug interceptorwas developed by a scientist, Jeffery White, of the Bed Bug Central. It is very useful because it is can withstand a lot of weight.

Based on reviews from various users, its black color is appealing to the bed bug and thus highly effective. It can hold the legs of the bed bugs with up to a diameter of 9.5 cm.

TheClimb Up Interceptor XLis known to be the largest on the market. It is made specifically for the bed bugs with non-conventionally bigger legs. Many users use this for the couches that are prone to bed bugs.

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