A new product called the Bed Bug Beacon, manufactured by the same company that brought us the PackTite Bed Bug Heater, harnesses the attractive power of carbon dioxide to monitor and trap bed bugs during an infestation. The unit relies on proven studies that have shown that bed bugs use the carbon dioxide we exhale while breathing to locate us for their next blood meal. Carbon Dioxide, illustrated in the video below, instantly re-activates inactivate bed bugs and draws the bugs towards the trail of CO2.
The design was inspired by Entomologist Changlu Wang at Rutgers University, who used dry ice successfully to attract bed bugs. Dry ice can of course be dangerous to handle because of it’s extreme coldness and lasts for a relatively short period of time at room temperature making it very expensive to use over a week’s period.
The Bed Bug Beacon has solved the problem by finding an inexpensive source of carbon dioxide that can supply small amounts of CO2 for up to 2 weeks and without the dangers of freezer burns. The Bed Bug Beacon works by mixing two different powders in a bottle where lukewarm water is applied. A plastic tube at the top of the bottle then directs the carbon dioxide into the beacon device where the CO2 disperses out the unit. Bed Bug are then attracted by the CO2, climb over the edge of the Beacon and are then trapped inside. The beacon does not actually kill the bed bugs so you may need to add some diatomaceous earth inside the Bed Bug Beacon and periodically dump the bed bugs into the toilet or sealed trash bag.
Where we find the Bed Bug Beacon particularly useful is in rooms that are unoccupied. The issue with unoccupied rooms is bed bugs can become inactive making them difficult to reach with powders or pesticides if intrenched deep inside walls or cracks. This can happen often in family rooms, living rooms, or spare bedrooms. With the Bed Bug Beacon, you can treat unoccupied rooms with pesticide and sprays and then use the Bed Bug Beacon to draw the bed bugs out. We find that many people seek refuge in other parts of the house after being bitten. The problem with that is you may also be spreading the issue resulting in inactive bed bugs in multiple areas where you no longer sleep. The Bed Bug Beacon solves this issue as you can setup multiple beacons around the home at the same time.
The Bed Bug Beacon also helps to detect if bed bug are present by trapping them inside the beacon. This not only help people know if they actually have bed bugs, but can also help them know when the bed bugs are gone.