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Best type of monitor post-treatment for my situation- Advice please and thanks!

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  1. bbmd

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    I had my second steam/residual pesticide treatment. My PCO recommended the Volcano Sensci Monitors if I wanted to monitor afterwards. He will return in about 2 weeks to inspect again.

    The initial infestation had been difficult to identify. Missed by another PCO on two inspections. Confirmed after I caught a bug running across my bed and then we found an area of fecals/eggs in one specific area on the bed frame

    Since then I have thrown out my wooden bed frame and sleep on an encased mattress on the ground. In between treatments I had surrounded my bed with glue traps and had not caught anything.

    Here are my questions:

    1. Do I have to set up monitors post treatment? Or do some people just monitor bites/signs?

    2. Given how difficult it was to identify initially- what is the best monitoring process? Glue traps? passive monitors? Sensci? I dont have a bed frame so monitor placement would be an issue

    3. I visit my significant other in another city almost every weekend. He had his apartment inspected by a PCO and no signs were found. He has not had any bites. Should I have monitors in his apartment? I was planning on bringing my Zappbug to his place to heat any luggage he may have brought to my place. Of course when I go there I take extra precautions to bring only clean heat treated items in Ziplocs.

    Thanks for your advice

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    Fri Sep 8 2017 12:06:39
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    David Cain commented about those volcano things.... I also did a little research on them... me personally? I'd go with a passive monitor on the bed/couch/other sleeping areas. I actually tried calling the company about the volcano, asked what the active ingredients are... I don't want harsh chemicals around with kids and pets, ya know? They hung up on me. A month or so ago there was a user here on the forum that was name-dropping the Sensci left and right, and it wasn't being met with great responses.

    1. I don't have passive monitors, because I can't afford them, so I continue to check 2x weekly and watch for bites. As soon as I can afford monitors, I'll have them everywhere. Seems like they are never a bad idea.

    2. I still think passive monitors in occupied rooms is best. Mr Cain can help you with placement if you ask him.

    3. Lol- again, I love me the idea of passive monitors! Honestly, they're like the greatest thing since sliced bread. And I'm sad I don't have them yet. (May have to call the Bank of dad)

    Good luck with the rest of this! You and I started this whole drama around the same time, and it seemed so hopeless! I'm glad we're coming through on the other side!

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    Hi,

    To add to what has been said above. Weekends away you don't need to worry about active monitoring, long periods (5+ days) yes, but not for just a few.

    There is advice for unframed beds on the forum, my site and FlickR feed.

    Hope that helps.

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    Hi psych and David

    Thanks for all your help and advice. I had three questions re: passive monitors:

    I am going to purchase the passive monitors- My encased mattress is directly on my carpeted floor (threw out the bed frame)

    I read on one of your previous posts regarding placement " In cases where there is no bed frame the Passive Monitor is placed at the head end of the sleeping arrangement in the same orientation as the mattress with 50% of the monitor outside the mattress and 50% of it under the mattress."

    1. Is ONE monitor at the head of the bed sufficient? Does it matter that I will be placing it directly under the mattress on the ground which is carpet?

    2. I was also going to get one for my sofa just in case (bugs were confined to my wooden bed frame as far as I know)

    3. I am frequently away on weekends (3-4 days at a time) I had picked up Ortho Home Defense monitors at a store. Would it be OK to use these as well?

    https://www.ortho.com/smg/goprod/home-defense-bed-bug-trap/prod11950001

    Thank you!

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Hi,

    Yes one per bed at the head end suffices.

    If you have activity on the sofa is worth monitoring.

    I cant really comment on the product you linked other than to say if it were of interest to me I would have tested it. That manufacturer does not exactly have the best reputation when it comes to things working.

    David

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    Thanks David!


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