Let me guess: Your house just got infested with bed bugs, and you’re sick and tired of waking up with blood smears and itchy spots all over your body. Well, if you’re here, then the statement above is probably right, and you’re wondering how to trap bed bugs. So, here’s some good news: you can create easy DIY bed bug traps to help you in that regard.

How to catch bed bugs with homemade traps

In this article, I’ll teach you how to make a bed bug trap that is effective enough to provide you with some relief until you manage a proper chemical method to eradicate them.

Bed Bug CO2 Traps

In case you’re wondering how to lure bed bugs out of hiding, then CO2 is the answer.

There are two major types of CO2 homemade bed bug traps which are given below.

Sugar/Yeast Bed Bug Trap

This trap uses sugar and yeast to create CO2.

Things you will need:

  1. A dog bowl
  2. Surgical/cloth tape
  3. Baby powder
  4. Cotton
  5. 4-gallon container
  6. 150 grams of dry yeast (3/4 measuring cup)
  7. 750 grams of sugar (3.5 measuring cups)
  8. 3 liters of warm water (100 degrees Fahrenheit)

Step 1

Find a dog bowl and turn it upside down.

Step 2

Apply surgical tape all around the bowl’s outer circumference, so it becomes textured and more comfortable to climb for the bugs.

Step 3

Use cotton to lightly apply baby powder inside the trench of the inverted dog bowl, making it impossible for bed bugs to climb the inner-surface. It is due to this reason that many call this apparatus as the talcum powder bed bug trap.

Step 4

Add the sugar, yeast, and water in your 4-gallon container and stir it thoroughly.

Step 5

On the raised platform of the inverted dog bowl, place the container.

In the night, these bugs would get attracted to the CO2 produced in the container and would move towards it. In this process, they’ll fall into the trench of the inverted bowl.

Dry Ice Bed Bug Trap

This trap works quite similar to the sugar/yeast one.

Here are the things that you need:

dry ice co2 bed bug trap
  1. A dog bowl
  2. Surgical/cloth tape
  3. Baby powder
  4. Cotton
  5. Thermos
  6. Dry ice

Step 1-3

Follow the same steps as the previous trap to prepare the dog bowl.

Step 4

Buy dry ice and fill it in a thermos.

Step 5

Position the thermos on the platform of the inverted bowl and slightly loosen the lid to let CO2 escape a bit into the surroundings.

Bed Bugs Sticky Traps

People often ask me how to trap bed bugs with tape. Well, it’s quite a simple process.

Here is what you need for this method:

  • Double-sided tape

And that’s it! Want to know how to catch bed bugs with this method? It’s quite simple.

Step 1

Buy a quality double-sided tape that is sticky enough to hold them in place as they climb over it.

Step 2

Wrap all four of your bed’s legs in double-sided tape to make the bed bugs stick when they move over them.

You could also use bed bug glue traps for this purpose. All you need to do for this is to use rat glue instead of double-sided tape in the steps mentioned above.

Although this is a practical method that could help you regain some tranquility in the night, yet it’s important to note that both these methods can cause concerns for people who have kids or pets at home.

Bed Bug Trap For Bed Legs

This method is quite commonly used by people who want to keep the process as simple as possible. It works on the principle of catching the bugs as they descend or ascend from bed legs.

Here is what you need:

diy bed bug trap for bed legs
  1. Four small containers in which you could place your bed’s legs
  2. Surgical tape
  3. Water
  4. Soap
  5. Oil

Step 1

Place all 4 legs of your bed in different containers.

Step 2

Make sure the outer surfaces of the containers are rough. If their outer-surfaces aren’t textured, then cover them entirely in surgical tape.

Step 3

Add soapy water or any oil into the container for the bugs to drown in this solution when they fall inside.

Baking Soda Bed Bug Trap

how to make bed bug trap with baking soda

Baking soda is said to be a drying agent that absorbs moisture in its surroundings. It is said that baking soda can dehydrate bed bugs which would ultimately lead to their death.

Now to the critical question: is it any good? Well, people have varying views on this topic, but generally, this method has been considered to be quite ineffective.

Anyhow, here is a list you will need for a baking soda bed bug trap:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Bowl
  3. Broad paintbrush

Step 1

Find places where bed bugs are hiding. These could be cracks, furniture, mattress seams.

Step 2

Clean their hiding places thoroughly.

Step 3

Put some baking soda in a bowl and apply it with a brush to the hiding places of the bed bugs.

Step 4

Repeat several times for best results


There is a lot of talk about bug traps on the internet. To a certain extent, these traps can make life easier for you by stopping the bugs from reproducing. But, the best solution is to prevent them from entering your house.

It is integral to remember that bed bug traps are not a solution; they are merely used to buy yourself some time before you conduct a chemical method or natural method for killing bed bugs.