Do bed bug interceptors work?

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Bed bug interceptors. Dead Bug Walkin LLC
Bed bug interceptors. Dead Bug Walkin LLC

About Bed Bug Interceptors…

Interceptors can be seen in the photo below this paragraph. Interceptors normally consist of plastic material that is used to place furniture legs in the middle of them. The concept is that if the furniture legs are not touching the floor, but surrounded by a smooth plastic surface, that is inside of another smooth plastic surface they have trouble walking on. The interceptors have raised rings separating each smooth surface from each other and the furniture leg. The raised rings are like unclimbable mountains for most bed bugs.

Bed bug interceptor used on a bed leg.
Bed bug interceptor used on a bed leg.

Do bed bug interceptors work?…

Many pest control companies use interceptors for bed bug control. The problem though is that most of the companies using these products know that they do not work well for much more than detection. Their reason for using them is more likely related to revenue than actual product need. Even only using them for detection is an extremely unreliable approach to bed bugs. Interceptors do work somewhat for what they are designed to do, it’s just that there are many more ways for bed bugs to get onto your bed. Crawling up furniture legs isn’t even how most bed bugs get onto couches, chairs and beds. They will normally try to catch a ride on something you are carrying that you sit near them. The bed bug will then crawl onto the item and let you transport them to a different area. If that area seems suitable to them, for regular meals, they will exit off the item you were carrying to infest the new area. This is only one if the ways bed bugs sneak onto our furniture that we lay or sit on to feed from us.

Bed bug interceptor packaging. Dead Bug Walkin LLC.
Bed bug interceptor packaging. Dead Bug Walkin LLC.

Think about this…

Think about it, how many times have you laid down, clothes, blankets, towels or even just household items, onto your couch or bed without even thinking about the possibility of bed bugs being present. We are all guilty of this at one point or another. Transporting of bed bugs from one place to another is the major way that bed bugs get around. This does not mean that bed bugs do not crawl themselves wherever they need to go. It just means that bed bugs are smarter than most people think they are. Bed bugs have many ways to get close to you all while remaining hidden.

Bed bug waiting on a Kleenex box to be transported to a new area or furniture item. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Bed bug waiting on a Kleenex box to be transported to a new area or furniture item. Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Summary…

Bed bugs have multiple ways to invade your beds, couches and chairs to be able to feed on you. Not just climbing up the legs of your furniture to get to you. Bed bug interceptors should only be used as an add on to any type of bed bug control. Never use interceptors for bed bugs as a stand alone product for bed bug activity. Really any product for bed bugs is not meant to stand alone as the only source of protection or detection of bed bugs. Always do research on products for bed bugs prior to using them. There are many products that will actually make matters and expenses worse for you. A great example of this is any chemical spray you can buy from any local store. All chemical insecticides from most local stores will be repellents and pyrethroids. These chemicals cause Bed bugs to spread to other areas of your home and they are actually resistant to this type of insecticide.

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