Climbup Insect Interceptors from Susan McKnight Inc. are an essential tool when monitoring or treating bed bugs. Climbup Interceptors are applied to the legs of your bed where they trap bed bugs as they attempt to climb up your bed legs to feed. Used in conjunction with certified bed bug proof bedding encasements, interceptors can be used to create a safe haven where you can sleep at night without being bitten.
It’s often a misconception that bed bugs only live inside your bed. Many bed bug prefer areas outside the mattress and box spring including behind pictures, between the carpeting and baseboards, inside furniture and walls. Once certified encasements have been applied and the bed frame has been completely steamed, it’s important to keep it that way. This is where the Climbup Intereceptors come into play. Unlike putting messy cups with oil under your legs, climbup interceptors can be applied easily and do a great job trapping bed bugs inside their patented perimeter well.
Climbup Interceptors work with a peace of tape (what we call a bed bug ladder), which comes pre-installed on the outer rim of the trap. This tape creates a surface bed bugs can easily hold onto as they climb up to the top of the outer rim. Once on top of outer wall, they fall inside the interior collection well, which is coated with pre-applied natural Talc powder making it too slippery for bed bugs to climb out. Once inside, they will remain there until you remove the interceptor from the leg and dump the bed bugs in your toilet. Interceptors use no insecticides and are completely people and pet friendly.
Climbup Insect Interceptors are very useful during a bed bug treatment as they help to cut off the life cycle of a bed bug. If a bed bug cannot feed, they cannot make it through their 5 stages of development. By isolating the sleeper from the bed bugs in the room or living area, bed bugs cannot feed and will simply be collected inside the interceptors as they attempt to enter the bed. It’s also nice to be able to sleep at night without needing to worry if a bed bugs will by crawling and feeding on your throughout the night.
Interceptors can also give you an indication of where they are coming from. Let’s say you are collecting more bed bugs on the head right hand side of the bed versus other areas of the bed legs. This may indicate they are coming from a night stand next to that interceptor. Knowing the directions can help you better inspect and treat those problem areas.
Bed bugs can spread from apartment to apartment or come home on your clothing or other personal items (bags, purses, suitcases, shoes, etc). I have had interceptors on my bed for over 2 years as a prevention measure in case we bring one home. Rather than allow a rogue bed bug the opportunity to climb into your bed where they can feed and multiply, there is a good chance they may just get stuck in the interceptors. They can also be used to monitor to see which rooms are infested as opposed to treating every room.
Bed bugs are attracted to heat and CO2, which is how bed bugs find their next meal. Bed bugs are not attracted to the Climbup Interceptors directly, but do indirectly attract bed bugs on their way to their next meal (their CO2 heat source). To enter the bed, they must come into contact with the Interceptors where they are trapped, which allows the user to monitor and see bed bugs if present.
Climbup Insect Interceptors come in 3 different sizes (small, large and extra large), which can be used on all different leg sizes including those on sofas, chairs mattress and tables. We suggest measuring your legs first to see which one’s you need before purchasing. Measuring can also help you save money as the smaller ones are less expensive. Please see all 3 sizes and sizing information available at Bed Bug Supply. Climbup Insect Interceptors are a much needed tool during an infestation or for prevention.