Does BuggyBeds Really Work?


Does BuggyBeds work?BuggyBeds are bed bug monitoring traps that are supposed to alert you to the presence of bed bugs before they have a chance to infest your home. You are required to put the traps in place, and then check them from time to time to see if there’s anything in them. Since bed bugs can be hard to find due to their nocturnal nature, this would give you a round the clock way of detecting them. But how well do they really work?

Overview
Bed bugs are definitely something you don’t want in your life, as their bites can be really itchy and can leave blistery marks on your body. Hotels can get shut down if they are known to have bed bugs, and exterminating the entire building can take weeks. If you have them in your home the only way to be sure you’re entirely rid of them is to have them professionally exterminated. This can cost hundreds of dollars, but compared to trying to do it yourself it’s the only truly effective way.

The Claim
BuggyBeds are designed to alert you to the presence of bed bugs so that you can call a professional exterminator to get rid of them. You put the traps at the corners of your mattress between the box springs and the mattress and a bed bug will be drawn to it if they’re in your bed. They say each monitor can detect bed bugs up to six months before needing to be replaced. It’s important to note that they don’t claim to get rid of bed bugs, as this might be the first impression you get from seeing their packaging.

The Hype
BuggyBeds was featured on the TV show Shark Tank and received an investment from the investors in order to grow. They all thought the idea was worthy enough to invest in, and it was the first time they ever formed a team and pooled their resources. If you’ve ever had a case of bed bugs you’ll know that there’s no hype here, and they really are something to be concerned about, since you don’t want them to return.

The Cost
It’s $12 for a pack of 4 BuggyBeds for your home. They make a lot of other products that are meant to be used for traveling and even in your car, but if you want to get the bare minimum you’d want to get the pack that is designed for your bed, because that’s where you’re most susceptible, and where they get their name.

The Commitment
This is where they drop the ball as far as ease of use goes. Putting the traps in place is easy enough, but this is no set and forget kind of product. You have to remember to go back and look at all of the traps you set on a regular basis, or their benefit will be rendered obsolete. For example, let’s say you put the monitors in place but then forget to check them. When you finally remember you find that there is a bed bug in one of them. But how long has it been there? You can’t tell, and perhaps they’ve already had a chance to multiply and create a bigger problem.

Evaluation
BuggyBeds would be a better product if it actually killed the bed bug infestation for you instead of just letting you know you have one. If they’ve figured out how to attract and trap bed bugs they should be able to figure out how to attract and trap the queens so that the problem doesn’t get worse. While it can be helpful to know that you’ve got a bed bug problem, and perhaps some peace of mind can be had if you check the traps and don’t find any bugs present, the real value would be in a product that got rid of the problem without the need to call an exterminator.

Final BuggyBeds Review

There’s little question as to whether BuggyBeds work or not, they’ll definitely attract bed bugs if there are any to attract. The big question is whether they provide enough of a service to warrant their use. Putting the monitors in place and then having to remember to periodically check them seems a little much, unless you’ve had problems with bed bugs in the past and are trying to prevent their return.

But these don’t prevent their return, and they’re not designed to rid your home of bed bugs, just to alert you to their presence. So potentially the only benefit they are giving you is saving you from one bed bug bite. It would be a greater success if they included a repellent, or if they were designed to trap all of the bed bugs, or just the queen bed bugs so that future generations wouldn’t have the chance to thrive.

Our Recommendation
If you’re a frequent traveler you may want to pick some of these up. However, if you’ve gone most of your life without a bed bug occurrence, it’s safe to say that it’s unlikely they’ll start popping up in your life experience. If you are about to embark on a long travel trip staying in hostels or cheap hotels, this might be a good investment, and college dorm rooms are a good candidate, and if you’re determined to keep them out of your life they might make a good safeguard against a total infestation.

What do you think? Does BuggyBeds work or not?


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Kat October 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

My kids and I began getting these odd bites about 2 months ago. They are red welts, itch worse than any mosquito bite I’ve ever had, and scar. I have been insanely changing sheets, buying new ones, covering mattresses and box springs with those “bed bags”, looking for bugs/bodies/poop with a high powered microscope around the edges of the bed, etc. I finally caught a bug and compared it to bed bugs on Google…I almost fell out of my chair! I was immediately convinced I had a bed bug in the little baggie.

I went online to find some sort of bed bug trap – and although I didn’t know it at the time, these are what I bought. (Although I paid a lot more for one trap.) I put it under my mattress…waited a day and checked…nothing. Checked again in 2 days…nothing. Checked again over the space of a week…nothing. Moved it around the bed…nothing. Even though I’ve now found 2 bugs – and have lots and lots more bites – this trap has never caught a single bed bug. Or any other kind of bug. I know the glue is good as I’ve found dust in it…but no bugs. None. Notta one.

I’ve now had a professional inspection which has concluded I do have a bed bug problem. (I never, ever travel…so don’t let your preference for staying home fool you into a false sense of safety.) Turns out the gross things are living behind the baseboards and inside the wall…of a wall I share with my neighbor. (We have “linked” townhomes.) I’m guessing she brought them home originally since she is the one who travels. I’m just the one getting bit like crazy.

Point is? As someone who was wondering if I actually had an infestation, these were a fantastic idea. I was stoked to be able to tell for only $5. However, whether it’s the specific trap I have or the entire product, I have not found this to work. At all. It didn’t catch anything but dust. I had relied on these traps to let me know about an infestation/level of infestation, but they let me down. I spent a month dorking around with these traps – while the icky beasties were able to multiply. Ewwww!! I would much rather have saved the time (and $5) and just had an exterminator come out in the first place.

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Emily J October 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I actually had to move from my previous apartment and pretty much throw out everything that was made of cloth before moving into my new apartment to be free of bed bugs. Luckily I’m not a home owner so I could easily move out as long as the timing of the lease is right, but I know the same can’t be said for home owners. It’s too bad that for Kat buggybeds didn’t work well, but I might just get one or two as a precaution. I hear it’s much easier to get rid of them if you catch them early.

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David Price December 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

I bought this product over the Internet and it does not work. Save your money. I rent a room in a mans home and the house was infested with them. Here are some of the things I did and somehow I only see 2 or 3 in a period of a few weeks, I’ll settle for that. I purchased a product called Rhino Grip and used it to seal down the carpeting, than I also purchased a roll of plastic (light green) looks more like saran wrap and I also bought a encasement for my mattress got rid of the box spring. So I put the mattress in the encasement and than wrapped the bed and the frame with this plastic not the prettiest thing but than again I get no company.In between the encasement and the plastic I put down a lite coating of Diatomaceous Earth, also coated my carpet and used double face tape around the doors. This is what worked for me and yes my friend told me to put some dryer sheets in my draws and under my bed, it seems they don’t like the smell. It seems like a lot of work and I won’t sugar coat it, yes it was a lot of work, was it worth it YES.

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Ever April 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I have an apartment building in Central Los Angeles it is infested with bedbugs.
I’ve placed buggy beds in units that were profusely infested. Buggy beds did not work even when I placed a buggy bed in a shoe box full of bedbugs I caught none in the trap.

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Eric May 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Works like a charm ! bought 2 packs and caught them in 2 days those pesky bugs !

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RLG August 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I have never had bed bugs,(knock on wood). I have watched on the news that bed bugs are taking over hotels and homes and they are literally the hardest thing to get rid of. I don’t know if buggy beds work, but I would definitely try it if I had this problem. They not only can take over your home in no time at all, but they bite you and your family while you sleep.

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Wendy G March 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

We definitely had a bed bug problem – caught the buggers and saw their evidence all over, but not a single one was trapped in the buggy beds! Like Kat said, call the exterminator right away if you suspect a problem. Don’t wait on these things to alert you.

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John H June 5, 2014 at 5:03 am

Caught some bedbugs in these about a year ago at an old apartment building I used to live at in Florida. I remember seeing the product on Shark Tank and that was what originally made me buy it as I was traveling a lot at the time. Anyways, my landlord reimbursed me the fees for the exterminator cost and I was able to use the BuggyBeds again after he was done exterminating. Coming from someone who has had bedbugs it’s worth it to use these traps imo.

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