November 18, 2023

How to Use Glue Traps For Bed Bugs

If you’re battling a bed bug infestation, or trying to figure out whether or not you have these bloodsuckers, glue traps can be a valuable tool in your arsenal. The key is to use enough of them, in strategic places where bed bugs tend to hide, such as under the bed or between the mattress and box spring.

Insect glue traps are passive, meaning they don’t have anything to lure the insects into them, but some do add pheromones to the adhesive in order to increase the trap’s effectiveness. While the traps are easy to set up and easy to find, they can fill up quickly and dry out, so it’s important to check them regularly and replace them with fresh adhesive.

Glue traps also catch other animals, and PETA receives calls from distraught people who have found birds, snakes, frogs, and salamanders hopelessly stuck on them. The problem is that, while the glue traps may not instantly kill the animal, it will slowly starve and suffocate until it dies. Many of these creatures will try to free themselves from the traps, which can lead to injuries, infections and even death.

There are a few other ways to help protect yourself and your loved ones from bed bugs, including keeping your home as clean as possible (to make it more difficult for the pests to find hiding spots), using a clutter-free bed frame and headboard, and installing interceptor devices under furniture legs to capture them before they reach your mattress. Combined with an ongoing bed bug treatment plan, these strategies can significantly improve your chances of eliminating the pests and preventing recurrence.


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