When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs there’s not much that hasn’t been tried. (Check out our series on the history of treating bed bugs if you don’t believe us!) These days, a safe, non-chemical method of preventing bed bugs from climbing into your bed is to use bedpost protectors. Post protectors are bowl-shaped instruments placed under the feet of your bed that intercept bed bugs as they attempt to climb up the legs of your bed. Post protectors can be used with other DIY bed bug extermination methods such as double-sided tape, soapy water and oiling bedposts. To be most effective, your bed should not touch the wall or other furniture that bed bugs could use as an alternate route onto your bed.
If bed bugs haven’t yet nested into the seams of your mattress, bedding or bed frame, using post protectors is a viable option to prevent bed bugs from biting at night, though effectiveness varies from situation to situation. Bed bugs are good climbers, so you may find they manage to bite you anyways.
It’s important to note bed bug bedpost protectors are not a long-term solution for treating bed bugs, nor do they permanently get rid of bed bugs. Using them will not ‘starve’ and kill bed bugs. Bed bugs are resourceful and will resort to biting you in other areas of your home, or during the day if they do not have access to feed at night. In most cases, permanently getting rid of bed bugs requires the expertise of a trained bed bug extermination company with access to potent methods of treating bed bugs.
Whether or not you choose to use bedpost protectors as an interim solution, you should speak to a bed bug extermination company about the most effective method to get rid of bed bugs for good.