Use and Effects
How Big is the Center Well of the ClimbUp® Bed Bug &
The diameter of the center well is 4 1/4", so it is
large enough to accommodate the rolling casters found on
many metal bed legs.
Do I Take the Tape off the ClimbUp®?
No, do not remove the paper tape. The paper provides the
fibrous surface for the bed bugs to climb up. If you
remove it in error, it can be replaced with paper wound
tape available at your local drugstore.
Would ClimbUp® Work Better if Alcohol, Soapy Water or
Oil were Added to Capture Wells?
No, liquids negate the lubricant effect of the talc.
When alcohol or soapy water evaporates from the wells in
a day or two, bed bugs will be able to cross the
barrier. When a dust or lint film forms on the oil, bed
bugs can walk across the top. Also, bed bugs are much
easier to see against the opaque talc surface than in
What Can Be Done if Bed Legs are Too Big to Fit in
Spacers or risers can be placed under legs to elevate
legs 1 1/2" over ClimbUp®. Commercial bed risers are
available and do-it-yourselfers find that 1 1/2" thick
wooden blocks or slices of 3" diameter PVC pipe work
How can ClimbUp® Cracking over Padded Carpet be
Distribute the weight of the leg over the area of the
center well by placing a 3" diameter disk of thin, rigid
material under the ClimbUp®. A 3" dock washer from the
local fastener store works very well.
Can Scented Talcum Powder be used to Re-lubricate
Yes, talcum powder is talc. Any talcum powder will work
as lubricant. Bed bugs appear to be neither attracted
nor repelled by the scents found in baby talcum powder
or body talcum powder. Cosmetic talc is sufficiently
pure for the purpose of lubrication.
What Prevents Bed Bugs that have Climbed Down Bed Leg
from Climbing Back Up Again?
Nothing prevents bed bugs from climbing back up again
but dispersing bed bugs are trying to get away from bed.
Bed bugs only seek a blood meal about once per week.
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