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A group of scientists recently devised a super cheap (and super smart) homemade bedbug trap. Bedbugs,or Cimex lecturalius, have proliferated in recent years. So the scientists emphasize how important it is to teach people how to control bedbugs in their homes.

Bedbugs don’t just manifest in your bed out of nowhere—they have to get up to it somehow (they can’t fly). Bedbugs can detect human body heat from far away and, attracted to it, their usual access point is crawling up our bedposts.

So the trap involves putting one smaller plastic container inside a larger one, covering the outside of the larger container with plastic tape, putting baby powder between the smaller container and the larger one, putting a “moat” of plastic tape between the smaller container and the larger one, and putting the smaller one underneath one of your bedposts. Sound complicated? It’s not as complicated as it sounds: check out the video here if you want to see a visual (it made way more sense to me after I saw it; a picture is worth a thousand words).

The bedbugs can crawl up the tape, but they can’t crawl up smooth plastic. The tape strips provide a one-way trip to the inner plastic container. To bedbug death, in other words—once they’re at the bottom of the inner plastic well, they’ll be hopelessly trapped, and won’t be able to suck your blood.

The foregoing video also shows a bedbug sucking blood from one of the scientist’s hands. You can see the bug swell to several times its normal size as it literally engorges itself with blood. Pretty cool. Now I understand how bedbugs can live on one feeding for so long.

For Nassau bedbugs or any other pest that’s bothering you, call up the pros at Rest Easy Pest Control. Your problem becomes our problem, we deal with it fast, and you rest easy.


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