Build Your Own Bed Bug Detector

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December 21, 2009

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are pests that you don't want to deal with. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, they are small, brown-ish insects with flattened bodies that hide close to where people sleep, feeding on blood. And when you get an infestation, getting rid of them can be expensive. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that extermination can cost between $400 and $900. According to a post on the technology blog Gizmodo, however, detecting an infestation might be a lot cheaper than you think. The blog reports that with an insulated 1/3 gallon jug, 2.5 pounds of dry ice pellets and a piece of paper — all roughly costing about $15 — you could build your own bed bug trap. Wan-Tien Tsai of Rutgers University told the blog that a test to see if the carbon dioxide from the dry ice lured the bed bugs into the trap worked. According to Tsai, the homemade test worked as well or better than "two brands of professional exterminating equipment." It should be noted, however, that bed bugs can be ridiculously difficult to get rid of, and such a test cannot guarantee full removal.