A pregnant bed bug lays three to four eggs every day until she dies; in some conditions, that may be up to 500 eggs from a single female. Freshly laid eggs can hatch within two weeks, and the hatchlings can feed and become sexually mature in as little as six weeks. By blocking access to your bed, you cut off the local bed bug population’s food supply, putting a stop to that rapid reproductive cycle. That’s why ClimbUp Insect Interceptors are an essential part of our 4-step solution, and are a tool that no bed bug treatment should go without.
Build Quality & Design
The ClimbUp design is very simple but very effective. Each interceptor has an inner well to fit the leg of your bed or other furniture, and that well is surrounded by a pitfall trap. On the outside of the interceptor is an angled wall covered in grip tape. This design makes it easy for bed bugs to climb up the side of the monitor, but impossible for them to escape that slick pitfall. Bed bugs can’t jump or fly, so if they want to feed on someone in a bed with interceptors installed, they are inevitably going to try and climb up this trap and fall inside.
We’ve been carrying these interceptors for years, and they’re one of our best sellers for good reason. Previous versions of the design used to require a thin coating of talcum powder along the pitfall walls to ensure a slick surface that bed bugs can’t climb out of.
Thanks to some new design improvements and testing by Susan McKnight, we no longer need to use talcum powder or any other materials besides the interceptors themselves. This is a nice improvement because it reduces the hassle of ongoing maintenance — there’s nothing to reapply when you dispose of bed bugs that were caught in the traps.
Using ClimbUp Insect Interceptors
Before installing the interceptors on your bed, make sure that you move the bed away from the wall and other points of contact, like night stands or other nearby furniture. Tuck in or remove hanging blankets or skirts, and remove anything stored under the bed. Once you’re done, the only thing the bed is touching should be the floor. Those last points of contact is what we’re going to be removing access to with the interceptors. We simply lift the leg of the bed up just enough to slide the trap into place, then lower the leg into that center well.
ClimbUp Insect Interceptors are available in four different sizes. In order to determine which size is right for you, you’ll need to measure the width of the legs of your bed, couch, or whatever else you’re looking to intercept. The smallest size, the HD, will fit a round leg up to 2.5 inches. The large size fits a round leg up to 3.75 inches, and the T size will fit a round leg up to 5.75 inches. The largest size available, the XL, is a little different – it has a 5 inch by 6.75 inch rectangular well, so you can fit a round leg up to 5 inches or a wheel or castor that’s a bit longer than that.