The second part of the GoodKnight strategy is based on these well-known entomological facts:
- Bedbugs are obligate blood feeders-- if they do not get a blood meal, they die
- They generally feed at night (particularly in the hours before dawn) 8
The GoodKnight™ takes advantage of this behavior, by luring bedbugs from the room into the traps. Thus, the bedbugs are killed, and the bed and it's user(s) remain protected by these impenetrable traps.
GoodKnight™ DELUX Trapping System: The above cross-section shows how the only migration routes into the bed are protected by traps.
Monitoring for Bedbugs
The traps also act as an early detection system for bedbugs.
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