The Climb-Up is now available in a larger size. Please see ClimbUp XL.
The Climb-up Insect Interceptor is an intuitive bed bug monitor and trapping device that can play an important and crucial role in the fight against bed bugs. Bed Bug Climb Up Interceptor is a simple pitfall trap that can be placed under the legs and feet of couches and chairs, bed posts, or other posts and legs of furniture where people rest or sleep. Bed Bugs in other parts of the infested dwelling will travel in search of a blood meal and can be intercepted and trapped in the Climb-up Interceptor as they attempt to gain access to the beds or other furniture that have the interceptor devices installed. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep a bed or couch free from bed bug infestation, monitor an existing bed bug problem, or to detect a new bed bug infestation.
* The Center Well where your the foot of your bedpost would sit is 3 ¾ inches across in diameter.
ClimbUp is slick enough without talc. Keep them clean to catch bed bugs!
Owner Susan McNight explained the new product change, "I have made a major change in my products. Last year I switched from using to polyethylene to mold CLIMBUP to no-break polypropylene and I polished my molds to high mirror finish. I have been getting researchers to test bed bug retention in the new product without adding talc. The new product is slick enough to keep the bed bugs in the capture wells without talc." No washer is needed. The polypropylene ClimbUp will not crack.
ClimbUp Insect Interceptors take advantage of bed bugs’ natural tendencies, helping to monitor and control bed bug infestations. The exterior wall has a rough covering which bugs can easily climb, while the inner wells are slick to prevent bugs from escaping. Bed bugs trying to reach the bed or other furniture with ClimbUps installed from elsewhere in the room will be trapped in the outer well, while bugs trying to climb away from or off of the furniture will be trapped in the inner well.
It is important that the ClimbUps are the only thing connecting the furniture to the floor. For example, bed linens hanging off of a bed or a piece of furniture resting against the wall will reduce effectiveness.
Target Uses of ClimbUp Insect Interceptors
Use ClimbUps in homes or anywhere else bed bugs are found or suspected. Use to monitor existing infestations, to prevent the spread of infestations, or to identify if and where infestations exist. ClimbUp Insect Interceptors should be used as part of an overall bed bug management program and not used as the sole prevention or treatment for bed bugs.
Always read the product label completely before use. Place Climbups under each leg of the furniture where people sleep or rest (beds, sofas, armchairs, etc.) so that the leg rests within the center well of the device.
Eliminate all other pathways for bugs to access furniture. “Bridges” for bed bugs to travel on will be created if the furniture is touching a wall or another object, or anything is hanging off of the furniture onto the floor. For example, all sheets and comforters should always be tucked in, and no items should be allowed to hang down and touch the floor. All electric cords should be disconnected between bed and wall. Any items on the furniture that are touching the floor or wall will provide bed bugs a “bridge” to access the furniture bypass the Climbup devices. It is important that the only avenue onto the furniture is via the legs that are contained within the Climbup insect interceptor.
The monitors should be left in place for a minimum of 21 days to provide the best opportunity to intercept bed bugs as they move around your home. Ideally, the monitors should be left in place indefinitely so that they are continually monitoring for bed bugs.
Periodically observe the Climbup devices for bed bugs. Remove bed bugs from device by wiping out with cotton ball and immediately place cotton ball in sealed plastic bag for disposal.
Check the Climbup devices to make sure that they have not become compromised in any way. Examples include but are not limited to:
Checking for the presence of debris or other items present in the wells that may provide a method for the bugs to escape the wells.
Check to see if furniture legs have broken the plastic floor of the inner well.
Traps should be washed in soapy water when cleaning out bugs.
ClimbUps are sold in boxes of 4 or 12. The center well where furniture legs sit is 4.5 in. in diameter. The trap is approx. 1 in. tall and 6 in. in diameter.
For use in the following areas:
Use under legs of furniture indoors wherever bed bug activity is suspected.
Use ClimbUp Insect Interceptors in residential or institutional areas where bed bug activity has been seen or is suspected. ClimbUps should NOT be used as the sole protection against bed bugs since they contain no insecticide or other method of killing bed bugs. See our Bed Bug Kits for recommended chemical treatments.
ClimbUp Insect Interceptors should not be used outdoors.
ClimbUp Insect Interceptors Features
Discreet round design
Textured outer wall for insects to climb
Excellent addition to Integrated Pest Management approach to treating bed bug infestations
Easy to clean and reuse
Made of recyclable materials
Inexpensive, non-chemical method of monitoring bed bugs
Be careful when handling, cleaning, or replacing ClimbUps as live bed bugs may be present in or on the traps.
A small amount of insecticide dust may be placed in the wells to kill insect trapped in the ClimbUp.
Traps may crack easily on padded carpeting. Use a rigid disc or saucer under each ClimbUp to help prevent damage to the traps.
Be sure to eliminate other pathways between furniture and the floor. This includes pulling furniture away from the wall and keeping linens and electrical cords from forming “bridges” for bugs to cross.
Just began using this product. Unfortunately some of the bedbugs have managed to climb into the center well leaving access to the legs of my bed. I have taken the precaution of using Vaseline on the legs and side rails I have successfully trapped some of the bugs on the Vaseline.
Instructions should say: remove each one from the BOTTOM of the stack, it's much easier. These were for my parents' apartment in NYC, which had already been treated. We put them under chair and sofa legs in the living room, and under wheels of the bed frame in the bedroom. None appeared in the ones under the bed, but we got a few in the OUTER ring of traps in the living room. That was a surprise to us. Made us look hard, we found a place that had them and had not been treated first time (a fabric seat on a kitchen chair - which we promptly discarded) and had the exterminator back the next day to re-treat, this time including the remaining kitchen chairs. So, they served their purpose as indicators, but as the instructions say they are NOT by themselves a control method. In this case, going from kitchen to bedroom could bring bugs to the bed (which were in barrier covers) despite the interceptors under the bed wheels.
Yes they work. I am using Baby Powder in them. They are catching the bugs. They can't get out of the Traps. I am using 3 inch PVC End Caps that you can get at ACE or any Hardware Store to place in the center. This adds more protection and gives the legs something to set in.
...and I can't really even prove they work. I went with the nuclear option and sprayed everything and tossed box springs, so I haven't trapped any bugs. Still, it seems reasonable they would work. Our infestation (based on horror stories and photos from the web) was mild and caught in it's infancy, so I'm hoping I've crushed the little buggers outright with chemical measures. That said, the peace of mind of the traps is worth it. DON'T FORGET LARGER BEDS HAVE CENTER SUPPORTS. YOU'LL NEED 6 PER BED, not just the 4 corners.
Good results in lab tests, will follow up with field results
By Enrique on 11/20/2009
Four stars strictly for idea- just ordered and read some studies on using this Climb Up Insect Inspector. Primarily a monitoring tool/probably won't eliminate bed bugs but gives you an idea of where they are residing and if they are still active following treatment. Inexpensive, and can be used with Diatomaceous Earth to trap bug coming from the bed (may trap bugs in mattress.) Use a mattress cover too and spend the money on a decent one with locking zipper. Eggs must be treated with steam or chemicals or dusts. Good luck.
How high is the dish, and what is the outside diameter - also for XL
The legs on my sofa are very short - I'm concerned that they are too shallow for the interceptor.
Comment: All dimensions should be listed with the product information, not just the interior diameter.
The Climb Up Interceptor at its highest point is about 1 inch tall and the outer ring of is about 6 inches in diameter. The Climb Up XL is about 8.5 inches x 10 inches across on the outer ring and almost 2 inches high at the highest point.