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Eco-Keeper and Buggybed Traps Compared to DIY Water and Glue Traps

Updated on October 5, 2017
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Melody has volunteered with the CDC and is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. She brings awareness to public health concerns.

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. | Source

My Personal Experience With Traps

The wide variety of options on the market provides consumers with a lot of choices. The bed bug traps best-loved by me are called Eco-Keeper Glue Trap and BuggyBed Glue Traps. Both brands are specially designed for these hair-raising, parasitic insects. They are good tools for detection, treatment, and prevention. In my experience, other types of glue traps are either flimsy or cost more than they should. Bed bug infestations are expensive enough as it is.

I scrutinized many brands while volunteering with a bed bug community outreach program. The budget 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.

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 that does.

The Eco-Keeper Glue Trap
The Eco-Keeper Glue Trap | Source

Eco-Keeper vs. BuggyBeds

Eco-Keeper Glue Trap
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 by 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.
Use Eko Keeper Traps Under Bed Posts
Use Eko Keeper Traps Under Bed Posts | Source

Eco-Keeper Review

I ordered Eco-Keeper Glue traps from 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. Standard shipping was fast; the product arrived in two days. The United States Postal Service delivered them in a white, unmarked envelope.

Pros and Cons

  • The paper package contained 4 traps.
  • They are eco-friendly.
  • They don't look impressive, but they do serve their purpose.
  • The glue remains sticky for an acceptable amount of time.
  • Eko-Keeper traps are not discrete; they are difficult to hide.

BuggyBed Review

American-based and woman-owned, VCM products LLC transformed BuggyBed Traps from an idea into reality. Located in Freehold New Jersey, they manage and maintain the brand. Their website puts a cartoonish spin on bed bugs. Overall, I am very impressed with the company and their customer service.

I like to say that the product is a bed bug trapping system. The bad news and biggest con are that 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 CO2 that we exhale. CO2-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 discrete or well-designed as these. You can place them anywhere in your home—hide them behind bed posts, under mattresses, around headboards, beneath couch cushions, and even in bathrooms.

Pros and Cons

  • The glue is non-toxic.
  • Perfect for homes with pets and small children.
  • Effective for six months.
  • Best for early detection.
  • Under 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 Eko-Keeper. But, Eco-Keeper is cheaper.
  • 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 discrete ones where guests are not likely to go. Use the Buggybeds traps for common areas.
  • If BuggyBed seems too expensive, then use the cheaper Eco-Keeper traps under hidden bed, couch, and chair posts. Purchase BuggyBeds for other areas where discreteness 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.

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Make Your Own Bed Bug Trap

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 does cost less to make them, which is why some people do it this way.


  1. Place stainless steel bowls near the bed.
  2. Add water. (Leave the bowl empty if you want to use them under the bed post.)
  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 sides more easily, falling into the water. Some people place bed posts 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.

© 2012 Melody Trent


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      Tasha miller 5 months ago

      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.

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      Melody Trent 7 months ago from United States

      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.

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      Trevor Spears 7 months ago from Mount Warren Park

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

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      Anne 19 months ago

      I have really only had success getting rid of Bed bugs using a bed bug heater. i got mine from www.thermalstrike.com dont waste time on glue. just get the heater. Best of Luck

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      Melody Trent 3 years ago from United States

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

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      jacob 3 years ago

      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!)

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      na 5 years ago

      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.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      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.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      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.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

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