NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Bed Bug Plug is a new device for the early and active detection of bed bugs. The goal is to quickly detect a Bed Bug problem before a new or recurring infestation occurs. When designing the Bed Bug Plug, many different ideas and studies were taken into consideration. The design is unique because it uses heat as an attractant and is desirable for the bed bug as it simulates an ideal feeding and resting environment, the manufacturer reports. When bed bugs want to feed they sense the body heat and CO2 from a person. They instinctively use “Thermal Graphic Radar” to zone in on their meal. In addition to looking for heat, Bed Bugs seek rest in a comfortable, warm, textured hiding place, typically a crack or crevice. The Bed Bug Plug embodies all of these attributes. The Bed Bug Plug utilizes a heating element that mimics the heat radiated from a human being. The bottom portion is slightly cooler, at a temperature ideal for the Bed Bug to rest and hide until the next feeding. As they crawl curiously deeper into the specially designed cave, they push themselves against the glue adhesive on the roof of the device. This will permanently catch them, providing a perfect sample specimen for a pest control professional.
According to the manufacturer, the laboratory test results show that the device was effective in detecting bed bugs in a standard room environment. Moreover, the company reports that its results show Bed Bug Plug to be very effective on newly introduced bed bugs.
The Bed Bug Plug design allows the device to be attached to a wall socket and has a dual socket where you can plug other electronics directly into the device making it discreet and easily hidden. The Bed Bug Plug is designed to accept cartridges which contain the special glue boards. This makes it both clean and easy to check if the device has caught any bedbugs and also to replace the glue boards.
The Bed Bug Plug will be available in the first quarter of 2012.