A visitor (Charles Fowler) claims this works and seemed very excited about it. So here is his story which should be taken with a grain of salt ;) Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide which we exhale and are not known to find subdued lighting, or any lighting for that matter, appealing.
Charles Fowler is using subdued lighting as part of his program to treat bed bugs and wants those dealing with this program to know that you don’t have to hire a pest control company, that you can do it yourself and save a ton of money, but that you have to stick with the program and not give up! To the right is an photo (click to see large version) of how well subdues lighting works.
Lou Sorkin reported that:
Charles Fowler’s system doesn’t work at all but he’s very good at posting the exact same information on many sites. He doesn’t understand bed bug behavior and doesn’t want to understand anything that anyone explains to him about bed bugs. He posts his information (i.e., cuts and pastes) on this subject on many sites and from what I’ve heard charges people via Craig’s List if people want to talk to him about his system. He should reimburse all who have paid him any monies. I have worked on bed bugs for over 15 years. BTW, Bed bugs are attracted to carbon monoxide is incorrect; it is carbon dioxide.
We confirmed that Charles’ idea has been reposted all over the internet and because of the Lou’s claim that people may be charged for information on something that may not work, we have removed his very long subdued lighting message previously posted here.
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Subdued Light Kills Bed Bugs?
Sue Ogden asked:
I’m just starting my research and have a few questions about the dim light process.
What does DIY stand for?
When you say spray your bed, what kind of spray are you referring to? Liquid Bug killer or Diatomaeous Earth (dry)?
When you refer to spraying the ceiling-wall line of the 2 most distant walls — I do not follow what is being sprayed. The two corners from floor to ceiling; the entire most distant wall. Again, what spray are you using?
Are you using double sided masking tape to collect the bugs? How much do you use and how close/distant to the light is it?
Are you using a single night light as the dim light source in each room — and is it placed in the wall plug (ie 12-18 inches above the floor) or is it plugged into an extension cord so that it can be moved to different locations in the room? What wattage (10; 25)? Do you need a dimmer switch to vary the amount of light?
When I look around my room at night, I realize that there are a multitude of dim lights: the cell phone, the electric toothbrush, the clock. I would expect that all of these would attract the bugs just like the corral light. Do you have to remove all of these lights or do you just put them on the same wall or in the same area as the corral light?
Are you using an interceptor on the castor legs of the bed? What spray are you applying that is effective in keeping the BB from climbing up the castors/legs. How do you prevent the BB’s from climbing the walls/ceiling and dropping down on the bed?
You mentioned using a fan to spread the CO2 around the room so that it’s difficult for the bugs to find you. I’ve read that the bugs don’t like the smell of cedar or lavender and am guessing that part of that dislike it that it makes it difficult for them to detect CO2.
I have purchased Trapper Insect traps (by Bell Labs) and am planning to put them out to see what I catch. I had not thought of using a dim light as a lure, but will give it a try.
I figured out DYI — Do It Yourself
Spray: I believe this is the 40% alcohol; 40%water; 20 dishwasher soap mixture – just keep it away from electrical outlets and similar situations.
One of the other articles I read talked about using Duct Tape to trap bed bugs. Is this double sided duct tape? If it only has adhesive on one side, how is it attached to the bed so the BB have to crawl over the adhesive side? – never-mind, just roll it upon itself…