Researchers and pest management pros agree that the best way to beat a bed bug infestation is to catch it early. One or two bed bugs can enter a home quite easily and multiply many times over in a matter of weeks. Waiting until bite marks appear isn’t enough since they don’t appear for everyone and when they do, it’s actually a few days after the feeding occurred before you see or feel a bite.
With that said, monitoring can be tricky, even for professional property managers or pest management. Bed bugs don’t like to be seen, so they tend to tuck away far out of reach until they’re ready for a meal. While you can inspect your bed and nearby areas regularly for signs of bed bugs, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find anything even if bed bugs have been active nearby. It’s worse if there were bed bugs feeding on someone that has since left the area – an unoccupied room will still have an infestation, but now there is no meal to draw them out and they might soon be tempted to travel further from the room to find another meal source.
This is where active monitors come in. In the past, these devices have incorporated some combination of heat, carbon dioxide, and unique pheromones, all of which are what bed bugs use to find a sleeping person to feed on. The problem is that many of these monitors aren’t consistently effective, and the ones that are tend to be pretty expensive and difficult to use, especially over a long period of time. They also haven’t been very easy to blend into your home in the past — the monitors professionals have been using up to now look like something serious is going on. Thankfully, we now have the Bed Bug Plug.
Unboxing and Overview
Unlike other bed bug monitoring systems, the Bed Bug Plug is designed to be easy to use and to blend in with a home environment. The basic kit comes in a single travel case and includes the device itself, an AC adapter plug, adhesive strips to fit the device to your mattress or bed frame, and a glue cartridge to trap bed bugs inside.
Setup couldn’t be easier: Just unpack the kit and peel the covers off of the adhesive strips so that they’re ready for use on the device’s protruding rails. Then find a soft spot on the bed or other furniture near a power outlet, even if the room is unoccupied. The adhesive strips aren’t intended for hard surfaces like walls or hardwood; instead, press the device against the bare mattress or a fabric headboard or footboard, then hold it in place for about 10 seconds so that the adhesive strips can take hold. If the room is unoccupied or doesn’t have a mattress available, lay the device flat on the edges of the bed frame or on the floor near the baseboard.
Using the Bed Bug Plug
No active monitoring solution has ever been truly set and forget, where you can just stick it somewhere and leave it alone forever, but the Bed Bug Plug comes closer than anything else. You just need to check the glue traps regularly for captured bugs and replace the traps every 3 months for a fresh one so that it stays nice and sticky. In the past, even the most high-end active monitors couldn’t stay running around the clock without manual upkeep, but the Bed Bug Plug will work 24/7 once installed.
If you’re like me, you’ll be shown a simple little device like this with claims that it’ll reliably detect bed bugs and be pretty skeptical. I’ve certainly seen a lot of smaller consumer-oriented devices marketed for that but not proven to work how they need to. In the case of the Bed Bug Plug, a rigorous study was conducted by top entomologists at Rutgers University. In three different tests simulating real world monitoring conditions, the Bed Bug Plug was more effective than other top traps on the market by a huge margin. The unique heating solution built into the device and the reliable trap installed right up against it really works.
However, active bed bug monitors like the Bed Bug Plug aren’t going to be the right choice all the time. If you’re already dealing with an infestation in a room that someone’s sleeping in, then you shouldn’t use an active monitor in that room. The sleeping host is a much larger and stronger lure that more effectively attracts bed bugs than any monitor can – there’s simply too much heat, carbon dioxide, and chemical odor coming off of a human body for a smaller lure to compete, even one as well-designed and proven as the Bed Bug Plug.
In the case of an occupied space, we can actually weaponize that sleeping host and use their luring effect for our treatment. By completely treating the bed first, then isolating it with passive traps like ClimbUp Interceptors, we can create a bed bug-proof bed for the occupant to safely continue sleeping in. When we apply residual sprays and powders to the area, the sleeping host will draw the bed bugs out of hiding so that they come in contact with the chemicals. We’ll also be able to inspect the passive traps on a regular basis to get a gauge of the population. If fewer and fewer bugs are caught in the ClimbUps, we know that the treatment is effective and that we’re closer to complete eradication.
Once a treatment is done, we still can’t be sure that the bed bugs are truly gone. Is the infestation eliminated, or are a few stragglers still hiding nearby? The best way to know for sure is with continued, post-treatment monitoring. Thanks to its long-term, low-maintenance function, the Bed Bug Plug is up to the task. Simply keep the device running for at least six weeks after your treatment to see if any remaining bugs are caught.
With that said, there’s nothing else available today that’s quite like the Bed Bug Plug. No other active monitoring solution is as affordable, effective, and easy to use long-term, and the fact that the Bed Bug Plug so easily hides in plain sight is just a cherry on top. For any sort of long-term bed bug monitoring in a home, the Bed Bug Plug is a no-brainer.
Bed Bug Plug Active Monitor and Trap
Bed Bug Plug is the only device of its kind designed specifically to capture and detect bed bugs before they become a nightmare for you and your family. Small, portable, lab tested and proven, the Bed Bug Plug uses no poisons or hars chemicals to attract and capture bed bugs.