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BuggyBed and Expel Bed Bug Trap Review and Comparison

Melody enjoys sharing her personal experiences with others. This is an unendorsed product review by a customer.

Learn about BuggyBed and Expel bug traps, including info on their effectiveness and a comparison of the brands. Further DIY trap info is also included.

Learn about BuggyBed and Expel bug traps, including info on their effectiveness and a comparison of the brands. Further DIY trap info is also included.

Comparing Bed Bug Trap Brands

The best bed bug trap brands are the Expel Glue Trap BuggyBed glue traps. The following reviews highlight how Expel and BedBuggies are specially designed for this blood-sucking, parasitic insect. They are best used for detection, treatment, and prevention.

The CDC and Orkin both report that bed bug cases double each year. Bed bug traps give peace of mind to home and business owners. If you already have bed bugs, think about it this way: every bug in the glue is one less bug on you!

Note: I recommend using traps designed to catch bed bugs, not regular mice glue traps. I will tell you about my personal horror story with mice glue traps later in this article. Traps will not cure an infestation, but they are a piece of the puzzle!

Best Glue Trap Review

Glue traps, such as BuggyBeds and Eco-Keeper, protect people from bed bugs.

Glue traps, such as BuggyBeds and Eco-Keeper, protect people from bed bugs.

Expel vs. Buggybed

In my experience, other types of glue traps are either flimsy or overpriced. Bed bug infestations are expensive enough as it is.

I scrutinized many brands while volunteering with a bed bug community outreach program. My position allowed me to purchase each type of trap and monitor how well they worked. I wanted to know who made the best product.

When I found these two brands, I even began using my favorites in my own home for prevention. My hands-on experience with the traps helped me understand how to use them. It also made me advocate product ingredient awareness. Always check what glue is used in the bed bug trap.

Glue Trap Example

The Eco-Keeper Glue Trap. A type of bed bug prevention and treatment tool.

The Eco-Keeper Glue Trap. A type of bed bug prevention and treatment tool.

Expel and BuggyBeds Comparison

Eco-Keeper Glue TrapBuggyBed

Who should use these?

These use a sticky surface. For this reason, this product is better used by people without pets or young children.

This is an enclosed system and can easily be used by anyone.

Where can I use them?

Best used under the bed post.

Since the glue and enzymes are encased, this can be used anywhere.

What bugs does this catch?

This product not only traps bed bugs, but also works on spiders an roaches.

Made specifically for bed bugs.

When do I use them?

Use this product to discover or prevent infestation.

Great for prevention because it is made to attract bed bugs, also can be used to kill them (but doesn't prevent infestation).

Why choose this product?

This product is cheaper and does trap bed bugs.

This product uses a special formula to attract bed bugs, making it one of the best on the market.

This trap is a generic version of Expel bed bug glue traps.

This trap is a generic version of Expel bed bug glue traps.

Expel Bed Bug Glue Traps

I ordered Expel bed bug glue traps from Predator Guard on Amazon. It was one of the few places that sold them. I wanted to know how safe they were, and if they were effective against bed bugs.

This product might not look like much, but I knew I would give it a positive review quickly. You don't have to worry about what's in the glue because this bed bug trap uses eco-friendly ingredients.

I ordered through Amazon Prime. Standard shipping was fast; the product arrived in two days. The United States Postal Service delivered them in a white, unmarked envelope.

My major complaint is that there is very little information about the manufacturer of Expel. I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it's because of a newer type of bed bug glue trap.

Product information and facts:

  • The paper package contained 4 traps.
  • They are eco-friendly.
  • The product is mostly cardboard with eco-friendly glue.
  • They don't look impressive, but they do serve their purpose.
  • The glue remains sticky for an acceptable amount of time.
  • Expel traps are not discreet; they are difficult to hide.

BuggyBed Review

Company info: American-based and woman-owned, VCM products.

Location: Freehold New Jersey

This company maintains a professional website that puts a cartoonish spin on bed bugs. Overall, I am very impressed with the company and its customer service.

I like to describe the product as a bed bug trapping system. However, these are more expensive than other types of traps. The units themselves attract bugs into channels that draw them into four glue patches.

Bed bugs find us by following the trail of carbon dioxide that we exhale. Carbon dioxide-emulating glue attracts bugs towards the adhesive and away from you. They are reminiscent of roach traps. The bottom is plastic, and to the top is clear plastic.

No other bed bug trapping product is as discreet or well-designed as these. You can place them anywhere in your home. Hide them behind bedposts, under mattresses, around headboards, beneath couch cushions, and even in bathrooms.

Pros and Cons

  • The glue is non-toxic.
  • Small enough not to be felt under a pillow or couch cushion.
  • Perfect for homes with pets and small children.
  • Effective for six months.
  • Best for early detection.
  • Dead bugs are concealed by plastic.
  • Using my mix-and-match method, one box covers two beds, or a bed and a couch.

A Side-by-Side Comparison

  • BuggyBeds is easier to conceal than Expel bed bug glue traps but is more expensive.
  • Mix-and-Match: In my personal experience, the best way to trap these hair-raising bugs is to use a mix-and-match method. Buy both types of traps, then use the less discreet ones where guests are not likely to go. Use the Buggybeds traps for common areas.
  • If BuggyBed seems too expensive, then use the cheaper Exel traps with unseen bed, couch, and chair posts. Purchase BuggyBeds for other areas where discretion and protection are paramount.
  • Dust, dirt, spiders, fleas, and bed bugs all wind up in these traps. I found a few gnats stuck to one, too. That was a mystifying revelation; I didn't know that gnats hung out on the floor.
  • While other bugs might get trapped in these glue traps, they are designed to catch bed bugs.

Homemade Bed Bug Traps

Make your own glue trap using household items.

Make your own glue trap using household items.

DIY Options

Homemade traps are another option. If you want to make your own, then you need medium-sized bowls and water. Homemade traps are not as effective as commercial traps but it is cheaper to make them.


  1. Place stainless steel bowls near the bed.
  2. Add water. (Leave the bowl empty if you want to use them under the bedpost.)
  3. Check the trap regularly to ensure that bugs cannot climb up the sides.
  4. Experiment with bowls made of different materials until you find one the bugs cannot escape.

Attaching cloth to the outside of the bowl makes the trap more effective. Insects crawl up the outside of the bowl more easily. Some people place bedposts in bowls of water. I don't recommend this because it could damage the bed.

Never use rodent glue traps for bed bugs. They are sticky enough to trap bed bugs but are not as safe as the alternatives. Glue traps can be dangerous to use around children and pets. Even adults get stuck to them from time to time.

Attention: If you get stuck in a rodent glue trap, poison control recommends using vegetable oil to remove it. I know this because I was stuck to one, and those are the instructions they gave me.

Another DIY Option: Diatomaceous Earth

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 Melody Collins


me on July 01, 2019:

don't waster your money on buggybeds their trash

Tasha miller on April 28, 2017:

I lived in an apartment complex and got an infestation and was givin these traps they didnt even work. They caught zero. I had to physically stay awake and catch and kill them myself.

Melody Collins (author) from United States on March 23, 2017:

Trevor, thank you for your kind words. I hope the product will help you. I encourage you to come back after you have tried it, and let us know how it works for you.

Trevor Spears from Mount Warren Park on March 23, 2017:

Thanks for the great article. I will be trying the Buggy Bed Glue Traps and see how it goes.

Melody Collins (author) from United States on June 11, 2014:

The safest is buggy beds. None of the glue is exposed.

jacob on June 04, 2014:

omg buggybeds! these got me a free hotel stay in atlantic city because i caught bugs in the trap while staying down there (not going to say the casino because it was my only bad experience!)

na on September 15, 2012:

These are not traps, nor is the one on Shark tank a trap. These devices are for the intention of just letting you know if you have them.

H C Palting from East Coast on May 17, 2012:

This is a very interesting hub. A lot of people come into contact with people and places that have bed bugs. Some people don't know that you can get bed bugs in seemingly innocent places such as movie theaters, dressing rooms in stores, and offices. Voted up and useful.

Melody Collins (author) from United States on May 17, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by. The safest bed bug glue trap is Buggy Beds Glue trap; the glue is fully sealed in the plastic except for small openings for bud begs to crawl in.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 17, 2012:

Glue trap sounds dangerous, wondering which bug trap is the safest one and looking forward to more hubs of yours.