TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SEBASTIAN SMITH Jeremy Ecker holds a glass vial containing live bedbugs he uses to train dogs for his business, The Bedbug Inspectors, on July 26, 2010 in the Queens borough of New York. Ecker uses dogs to sniff out bedbugs in private homes, apartments and businesses, but leaves the exterminating to other companies.         AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Bed Bug Infestations With Simple Cups
Bed bugs get their name from the fact that they hide themselves in the crevices and corners of mattresses and bed frames before emerging at night to bite people as they sleep. These stealthy parasites are notoriously difficult to get rid of, regardless of how new or clean your home is, but one particular product might do it.
A bed bug interceptor, also referred to as a pitfall trap, is a small, round device with two wells that is positioned beneath the foot of the bed frame so that bed bugs who attempt to climb over the edge to climb the bedpost will fall into the trap. It’s important to clean and refill monthly, and when there are no dead bugs, larvae, or eggs in the device, you’ll know you’re in the clear.
It is recommended to put bed bug interceptors under each bedpost of beds people often use, under the feet of upholstered furniture in any room in the house, and randomly around your home if you want to be extra careful. They're available through major online retailers and home improvement warehouses.