Advice needed on active monitoring(6 posts)
I had an infestation roughly 18 months ago and ended up leaving the apartment and tossing the bulk of my belongings.
After living with my mom with my young child, I signed a lease on a new place in May. Because my child needed to finish her school year, we have barely stayed there. Also, my anxiety issues have made it hard for me to do so.
Before signing the lease, I checked the bed bug registry and the apartment was not listed. I did not, however, check the City’s site until yesterday, which DOES list violations for bed bugs as recent as October 2011. This, despite the broker presenting documents that it didn’t have a bed bug history and insisting a gut renovated property would be clear either way. ☹
Now, I am nervous and on edge. I have ClimbUps on my furniture, but if I am rarely there, they wouldn’t detect much, right.
Which forms of active monitoring would work best for an open spaced apartment that is railroad style? Also, what would be a sufficient amount of time for the monitoring?
Sounds like you need to check the useful stuff section for the bedbug beacon which I would suggest you run for 2 weeks to be 99.99% certain its bedbug free if you are not in there much.
You also could do a visual inspection for signs or if you have a visual confirming K9 team local that is another option. If you have a k9 team that does not visually confirm they are about as useful as flipping a coin so don't waste your time and money.
Bed Bugs Limited
I think I am going to use the Beacon. Would one do the trick?
I am very well aware of useless K-9 detection teams. My former landlords used one and during the inspection, I saw a nymph, showed the handler who said "That's not a baby bed bug", only to have his dog alert in the area following his denial. Needless to say, I'm not so trusting of that method anymore.
One per room and to be safe run it twice.
Thanks again. Last question (until I ask another follow up):
I don't plan to be there while I run the monitors. Should I still remove the ClimbUps?
As always David's advice is sound. I did want to point out - it sounds like the dog was right and it was the handler that was in error. Both ends of the leash have to be working. The dog's role is to pinpoint the location of the target odour if present; the handler's role is to ensure the dog is safe, ensure the dog does not miss an area, and to verify any alert. Once verified, the handler rewards the dog - no verification, no reward.
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