Bed bugs are pesky little pests that can turn your peaceful slumber into a nightmare. To combat these unwelcome intruders, many homeowners resort to using various methods, and one common approach is using bed bug sticky traps. 

However, concerns often arise about the safety of these traps, particularly when pets and children are present. In this article, we will explore the safety considerations of bed bug sticky traps and provide insights to help you make an informed decision.

What are Bed Bug Sticky Traps?

Bed bug sticky traps, also known as glue traps or adhesive traps, are devices designed to capture and immobilize bed bugs. These traps are usually made of cardboard or plastic material coated with a sticky adhesive. The traps work by luring bed bugs into the sticky surface, preventing them from escaping and eventually leading to their demise.

Sticky traps are considered a passive method of bed bug control, meaning they do not actively release any chemicals or toxins into the environment. Instead, they rely on the bed bugs' natural behavior to trap them. This has led many people to believe that sticky traps are safe alternatives to chemical insecticides.

The Safety of Bed Bug Sticky Traps for Pets

Pets, particularly dogs and cats, and young children are often curious creatures that may investigate new objects in their environment. As a pet owner or a parent, it is crucial to consider the potential risks associated with using bed bug sticky traps when your furry friends and children are around.

Ingestion Hazard

The most significant concern with both pets and children and sticky traps is the risk of ingestion. Pets and young children might mistake the traps for toys or interesting objects and attempt to put them in their mouths. Swallowing a sticky trap could lead to choking or gastrointestinal issues.

To prevent such incidents, it is essential to place the traps in areas that are inaccessible to pets and children. Keep them hidden under furniture or inside bed bug encasements where they cannot reach them. Additionally, educate your children about the traps and explain that they are not toys to play with.

Contact with the Adhesive

Another concern is that pets and children may accidentally come into contact with the sticky adhesive on the trap surface. The adhesive could stick to their fur, paws, or skin, causing discomfort and potential skin irritation.

If a pet or child comes into contact with the adhesive, do not panic. For pets, you can gently remove the adhesive by applying a small amount of vegetable oil or mineral oil to the affected area. This should help loosen the adhesive, allowing you to gently peel it off. However, if you encounter any difficulties or notice any signs of irritation in pets, seek advice from your veterinarian.

For children, wash the affected area with warm soapy water to remove the adhesive. If the adhesive proves challenging to remove or causes any skin issues, consult a pediatrician for further advice.

General Safety Tips for Using Bed Bug Sticky Traps

Regardless of whether you have pets or children in your household, following these general safety tips can help ensure the safe and effective use of bed bug sticky traps:

Read and Follow Instructions

Always read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the sticky traps. Follow the recommended guidelines for placement, usage, and disposal of the traps.

Use in Combination with Other Methods

Sticky traps are more effective when used as part of a comprehensive bed bug control plan. Combine them with other methods such as regular cleaning, vacuuming, and professional extermination if necessary.

Regularly Monitor and Inspect Traps

Check the traps regularly to assess their effectiveness and to ensure they are still securely in place. Replace the traps as needed, especially if they become damaged or lose their stickiness.

Store Traps Safely

When not in use, store the traps in a secure location away from pets and children. Keep them in their original packaging or in a sealed container to prevent accidental contact.


Bed bug sticky traps can be a valuable tool in the fight against these persistent pests. While they are generally considered safe when used correctly, caution should be exercised when pets and children are present. 

Take preventive measures to keep traps out of reach, and be prepared to respond appropriately if accidental contact occurs. By using bed bug sticky traps responsibly and in conjunction with other bed bug pest control methods, you can create a safer environment for everyone in your household, including your beloved pets and children.

Author's Bio: 

Master Coach Hu Dalconzo is an author, spiritual teacher and the founding father of the first spiritual life coaching healing modality, the HuMethod.™ His work stands shoulder to shoulder with other paradigm-shifting human potential movement greats such as Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chödrön, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, and Ram Dass. In 1993, Coach Hu founded Holistic Learning Centers, North America’s oldest spiritual life coaching certification school.