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Have you tried "Bed Bug Shredder"?

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  1. Arthur

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Dec 9 2010 14:47:41
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    Hi everyone,

    I came across this product online, but have not been able to find any reviews. Any thoughts?

    .www.bedbugshredder.com

    Unfortunately, ingredients are not listed.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Dec 9 2010 15:43:56
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    It appears to describe diatomaceous earth/silica, which, of used correctly, is an important tool against BB. We have a FAQ on it. http://bedbugger.com/2007/03/30/faqde/
    It comes down to whether you like this particular seller's price and service. The other elements of the package would likely not impress most veteran forum members:
    - household soaps and detergents, as well as 91% rubbing alcohol will kill bugs on contact. Contact killers do not kill eggs and do not kill bugs who walk over treated areas once dry.
    - laundry additives are not necessary (and likely no added value). It's dryer heat that actually does the job.
    The site's promo copy has at least one glaring error. Unlike other insects, BB do not engage in significant "grooming" behavior, which is actually one reason why they are harder to kill.

    Hope that helps.

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  3. Arthur

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    Thu Dec 9 2010 15:45:18
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    Well, to answer my own question, I'm dubious. I just read here on the forums that bed bugs do not groom themselves. According to the info at that website, the "shredder" works after it is consumed by bed bugs during grooming.

  4. Arthur

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Dec 9 2010 15:47:04
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    Thanks, cilecto. We just posted simultanteously about the grooming thing. I will check out the DE link you posted and try that instead.

  5. cilecto

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    They have no mouths to consume with, just their little probes:
    - one to suck up food (blood)
    - other to leave their tip (anesthetic).

  6. cilecto

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    Thu Dec 9 2010 16:02:01
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    Arthur - 11 minutes ago  » 
    Thanks, cilecto. We just posted simultanteously about the grooming thing. I will check out the DE link you posted and try that instead.

    As the market for BB-related products grows (LOL), things like DE are more available in neighborhood stores.

  7. Winston O. Buggy

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    Thu Dec 9 2010 17:08:26
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    Sounds like a new marketing approach for DE.

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    They have no mouths to consume with, just their little probes:
    - one to suck up food (blood)
    - other to leave their tip (anesthetic).

    Actually the stylet fascicle is composed of right and left sides of the mandibular stylets and the maxillary stylets; the former are on either side of interlocked central, maxillary stylets and the maxillary fascicle gets pushed into the blood vessel for feeding. The mandibular stylets cut into the skin surface and enter for some distance into the wound and form an opening for insertion of the centralized maxillary stylet "tube". The salivary and food canals are within the maxillary stylet fascicle. You can watch a pale-skinned nymph and see the blood pump into the gut as it feeds (use a magnifying glass). You can also watch a bed bug clean its antennae with the front legs, specifically the fine comb that is formed by setae (hairs) near the tip of the tibia. The tarsus or foot is the next distal segment (or series of segments) toward the tip of the leg from the tibia. I've also seen the bugs comb their proboscis or beak in a similar way although not been able to get good pictures of the behavior.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult in all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology.
  9. cilecto

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    Thu Dec 9 2010 19:30:12
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    Who needs Rossellini when you have Sorkin?

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    Thu Dec 9 2010 20:10:28
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    She looks better dancing than I do.

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    Thu Dec 9 2010 20:14:32
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    Hee hee.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Thu Dec 9 2010 21:27:49
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    I am marketing bed bug dowsing rods. PM me.

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    "Bed bug dowsing rods" is a registered trade mark of Ci Lecto International.

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    cilecto - 3 hours ago  » 
    "Bed bug dowsing rods" is a registered trade mark of Ci Lecto International.

    I was using that mark way before you--don't make me get a cease and desist notice.

    However, if you want to partner up, PM me.

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    Hi, Arthur and the "veterans" on this website. I am a newbite and I fell for the hype of the Bed Bug Shredder site. I purchased the 3 room kit and now it's been about a month into my own DIY (since Thanksgiving 2010), while I start saving for treatments with a PCO. No need to worry, I will definitely hire a PCO, just due to my measly paycheck and this recession....I have to save up. I really also want a PackTite and had to beg my parents for it as a X-mas present. I didn't elaborate that it was for bed bugs, my parents think it's a contraption to heat up objects like a towel warmer and to be used for clothing (kind of true).

    The DE in the Bed Bug Shredder kit has reduced some bites, the laundry additive is probably just soap and water disguised as some "magic" thing for us super creeped out and neurotic bed bug haters! The spray they include in the kit doesn't state WHAT it is that I'm spraying. It could be Holy Water that I'm spraying on my linens for all I know. I wish I had encountered this web site before I fell for these schemes.

    While buying time in order to save up for future numerous PCO treatments, I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do to decrease the bites? I wash my sheets every 5 days in hot water, dry items on hot setting for an hour or more if they are larger (like my comforter), sprayed a light dusting of DE around the legs of my bed, around the head boards, footboards, every nook and cranny of holes that have nails in them holding up my bed frame (I wore a respirator). I've ordered large Ziplocks from USBedBugs to start bagging my items soon (my freezer sized, one gallon Ziplocks won't fit much except for a few pairs of socks/undies) and I'm also saving up to order 2 mattress covers from Protect-A-Bed AllerZip with Bed Bug Lock to use for my mattress and boxspring. It's tough as I have to save up my paycheck for "extra" things like going to war vs. bed bugs while paying credit cards, electricity, water, food, etc. You know how it goes.

    I'm so depressed over this bed bug ordeal, I feel like a leper on a leper colony. Spent X-mas weekend all by myself in quarantine (so that I won't infest my parent's house and family members). Not sure what else I can do? Been sleeping in my own bed as bait and have not changed any of my habits around the house as I'm scared if I sleep on the couch or in the living room, they will follow me and I'll spread the infestation. So far I've found 6 bbs (all in my bedroom) and kept them sealed in a plastic bag to show the PCO. Any other suggestions would be appreciated! I'm sure Arthur, being a newbite like me would appreciate any advice as well. Sorry so long of a post. I can't sleep since I feel like they are crawling all over me and I feel gross!

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Dec 28 2010 2:38:14
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    You are taking the correct actions and working your way up the learning curve... Don't beat yourself up.

    A few simple precautions should allow you to resume a social life... Changing into freshly laundered clothing before leaving the house while utilizing a simple decon routine (FAQs) should allow you to visit friends and family without spreading bugs

    If you are in NYC... you might want to contact John Furman at Boot-A-Pest... His prep requirements are minimal... which will save significant time and money on items like laundry, giant Ziplock bags and covers.... KQ has a very good reputation as a BB specialist with consumers here on the forum.

    Read some of the comprehensive guides on the Resource page and FAQs for additional guidance.

    You might want to consider vacuuming as a physical removal technique... Placing a knee high stocking in the vacuum hose... rolling it over the end of the hose and secure it with a nozzle like a crevice tool. You can vacuum areas using the stocking as a pre-filter to avoid contaminating the vacuum cleaner... Bed bugs will survive the trip into the stocking... You can twist closed the top and use alcohol to kill any captured bugs... keep the vacuum in a garbage bag between uses.

    You can try a set of Climb Up Interceptors to help isolate your bed to reduce the number of bites and monitor for live activity.


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