Detect Bed Bugs In Your Home:
Bed bugs, like many simple organisms and bugs follow a set of strict rules that guide there life. For example, bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide, they can’t high temperatures and they hide unless they detect a certain level of carbon dioxide – such as that being emitted by a sleeping person.
Using this knowledge scientists and home-grown scientists alike have been trying a variety of ways to trap, detect, kill and prevent bed bug infestations. Recently a study was conducted on 50 different do-it-yourself homemade bed bug detectors to see which work best and for the cheapest.
So if you want to remove bed bugs on a budget, or at least find out if you have bed bugs before they become a problem, this may be just what you’re looking for.
The tests were conducted in real apartments and the home made bedbug detectors did as well or better than at least two brands of professional exterminating equipment. The parts come cheap at $15 or less and no special skills are required to construct them.
Using Dry Ice to Detect Bed Bugs:
Dry ice, as chemists will point out, emits small levels of carbon dioxide – the key to attracting bed bugs. Not only that, dry ice is cheap, lasts a long time and also freezes the bed bugs when they come in contact with it.
To setup your own dry ice bedbug detector, find or buy a small insulated one third gallon jug and fill it with dry ice. You can purchase dry ice from most beverage supply companies, or industrial supply companies such as Praxair. Just do a search online or look in your local phone book. Dry ice ranges in price, but you can purchase more then enough for around $10-$15.
You can also add a ramp to the mug if you want to make it easier for the bed bugs to climb up, but it’s not necessary. Bed bugs will stop at nothing to reach a carbon dioxide source – some people have even reported bed bugs climbing onto the ceiling and then dropping down on top of them!
Set your bedbug trap in a common area of your bedroom, perhaps by a bed post or underneath your bed. Make sure to check the device to make sure the dry ice hasn’t melted and replace as necessary.
If you have bed bugs – even a small infestation, they will eventually climb up the insulated jug, follow the carbon dioxide being emitted by the dry ice and freeze when they come in contact. Perfect!
Lifespan of Bed Bugs:
In old literature, bedbugs were reported to have lived up to a full year without feeding – making them extremely hard to kill without aggressive tactics. Researchers who were working on the bed bug devices also put the “year long life” theory to the test. They’re findings provide a little glimmer of hope in the fight against bed bugs. They found that, on average, bedbugs they collected lived at MOST two months. A far cry from the full year reported previously.