Applying Talcum Powder to Pitfall Trap

Post date: May 31st, 2018


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Applying Talcum Powder to Pitfall Trap

Pitfall traps are an extremely useful tool in monitoring for bed bugs. They can be placed under furniture legs, but also along walls, adjacent to and under furniture. Bugs climb up the rough surface on the outside, but are not able to cling to the smooth inner walls. As a result they get trapped in the well. There are several types of pitfall traps, but research has shown that dark-colored ones are more attractive. Sturdier traps should be used under furniture.

Some pitfall traps require application of talcum powder to the inside of the trap to keep it slippery. This can be done with a cotton ball, or a sock filled with power.

For more information about how to use pitfall traps in a bed bugs management program, see page 41 of our guide, “How to Get Bed Bugs Out of Your Belongings” hdl.handle.net/1813/55760

Visit our bed bug page: nysipm.cornell.edu/whats-bugging-you/bed-bugs

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