I am going to be installing climb-ups today.
We still don't know if we have them, no evidence just mystery bites, so this will hopefully tell us.
I am on such high-alert right now and filled with anxiety.
thoughts on whether the bed should be away from the walls....
I have read the Faqs section on isolating vs protecting the bed.
Wondering what others experiences have been.
thanks alot, this site has been so helpful.
I am going through the same process at the moment, trying to get a specimen. So I would say isolate as best as possible and pull far from the wall since you have the climb-ups to force the buggers to go only one way to you. Otherwise they may just go from the wall, to you, and then to the mattress, with no chance of getting trapped. Obviously clean/encase the mattress and springs first to force them to come only, or most likely, from the floor.
I have not read the instructions for this product, but suspect that the bed should be away from the wall, with the only on and off ramp to the bed being via the saucers. It would also certainly help to have a bug free bed frame.
thankyou Kezlo and Cilecto,
We will be making ours and our girls bunkbed into islands and hope for empty saucers and no bites.
I am pretty sure about the bedframe, as I have checked it.
we will see.
As I have been very diligent and found no evidence I am obviously hoping it is somthing else.
I mentioned in another post as I was wondering about carpet beatles, as I have seen them in my house, just a day ago in fact.
We have also moved to a new office and they are here too, saw one a couple hrs ago on my window ledge.
It is a very old office building with oodles of static in the air.
I have done a bit of reseach and it seems a bit too conicidental with home and office.....
will keep u updated
so we installed the climb-ups, and this morning no bites and empty saucers
hoping for many more of these nights.
it feels strange to be away for the wall, especially for my kids and hubby. As my husband would put his pillow against the wall and my 5 year old, her toys and blankets
Went out and bought a guard rail for the bottom bunk, as her blankets fell on the floor during the night.
not a good things considering we still don't know.
Put them in the wash before i went to wrk this am
just in case.
I bought the climb-ups from a local pest contral service.
They met me near my offfice so I did not have to drive out to get them, whihc was great.
they also sell bug proff mattress encasements, not sure the brand....
I asked him tons of questions, poor guy!
He suggested that we keep the beds isolated for 2 weeks to see for sure.
If we still get "bites" and the traps r empty then we will use their dog inspection.
Even after 2 weeks, if it is empty and no bites, should we still bring in the dog?
is 2 weeks enough?
I have heard soooo many differing stories.
While there is a degree of misinformation out there, perhaps it is wise to take notes when getting answers to certain questions in an effort to reduce any confusion.
Some comments regarding your question; "is two weeks enough?" :
> Given that we can expect that bed bugs may feed about once each week or thereabouts, finding no bed bugs in your climb ups after two weeks can be a positive sign.
> While two weeks is a positive sign, it's NOT an absolute 100% determination that there are no bed bugs present. This may be so for a number of reasons including but not limited to: bed bugs that are not host seeking for whatever reason, bed bugs that may have escaped from the trap, bed bugs that may be harboring elsewhere in the structure.
> As my preference is to be conservative, my recommendation is to allow more time of zero sightings or activity before we determine that we're bed bug free.
> It may also be wise to place additional monitors/traps such as passives and active type traps as well.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
Thanks P Bello,
I appreciate your response
Would u expand upon what u mean by adding passive and active traps?
I can't afford the expensive active monitor, can't recall the name....
I know there is th other one ith co2 and th one that mimics a harborage.
Sorry, can't recall th names.
R these what u r referring too?
There are FAQs on active and passive monitors, linked from the Useful Stuff page.
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