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  1. thirdusername

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    I captured a BB and put it in a small plastic jar.
    It ran around the jar initially.
    Then it lay on it's back and looked dead.
    Whenever I shook the bottle, it would slide around on it's back but wiggle it's legs.
    It's been a bit over 24 hours and it won't move.
    I'm wondering if is playing dead.

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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    Breathe on it.

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    BigDummy - 1 hour ago  » 
    Breathe on it.

    Thanks.
    I think it is dead.
    I didn't want to blow too hard and blow it out of the jar.
    I'll ask the PCO on Friday.
    Maybe there is still residual poison after 10 days.

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    Tue Nov 21 2017 11:32:36
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    I've found that some plastic containers are less hospitable than others.

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    BigDummy - 3 minutes ago  » 
    I've found that some plastic containers are less hospitable than others.

    Oh.
    I'll ask the PCO if he thinks the container killed it but I don't have confidence in him.
    He is who the landlord sends so I don't have any choice.

    I wish they would heat treat the whole building every month but that is not financially realistic for a 150+ apartment building.

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    I don't think anyone that's not playing with them in a lab would know much beyond how to treat for them.

    If you buy your own house you can be in charge of the treatments.

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    Tue Nov 21 2017 11:53:16
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    I think it might have laid eggs before it died.
    Should I be worried the babies can get out?
    The plastic walls are too slippery?
    I want to keep it to show the PCO on Fri.

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    Do you see any eggs? They're oblong, off-white with a hatch at one end.

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    BigDummy - 5 minutes ago  » 
    Do you see any eggs? They're oblong, off-white with a hatch at one end.

    https://imgur.com/a/inD8q
    Probably too fuzzy.
    Maybe just fluff but I didn't see it before.
    I can't seem to take closeups with my camera anymore.

    The legs started moving after I had the top off for a while so it is still alive, gross.
    It must like being on it's back.

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    Is that the Loch Ness monster in that photo? Compare to photos of bed bug eggs, you should be able to tell if you have a reference photo.

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    thirdusername - 1 hour ago  » 

    BigDummy - 5 minutes ago  » 
    Do you see any eggs? They're oblong, off-white with a hatch at one end.

    https://imgur.com/a/inD8q
    Probably too fuzzy.
    Maybe just fluff but I didn't see it before.
    I can't seem to take closeups with my camera anymore.
    The legs started moving after I had the top off for a while so it is still alive, gross.
    It must like being on it's back.

    You didn't center the object you were taking pictures of. Bed bugs in plastic containers with nothing to hold onto will just stay on back. It can't flip over very easily. If you put a little paper in there, then it will hold onto it. Here are eggs on fine screen with different background colors and lighting. Dark material are the feces that have dried on the screen.
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    Posted 2 weeks ago
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    It looks like fluff and it is stuck to the bug.
    https://imgur.com/a/vejzL
    Is it a male bug anyways?

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    Tue Nov 28 2017 11:26:00
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    I think my "pet" died.
    It used to be on it's back but it is on it's legs now and I can't make it move.

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    Tue Nov 28 2017 11:33:49
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    Slow, warm breaths may revive you friend.

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    BigDummy - 23 minutes ago  » 
    Slow, warm breaths may revive you friend.

    I'm really afraid of blowing him out of the jar.
    I'll leave him for the PCO tomorrow.

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    Posted 1 week ago
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    The PCO only looked st him.
    I don't think they do much of an inspection.
    If I have proof (a live one), they treat the bed and couch.
    My computer was on it's side so I hope he sprayed my computer desk too.
    My closet looked untouched but I'm hoping if they come to feed on me at the couch, they will cross poison and die.
    The annoying part is I might see them over there and I think they're really ugly.

    What I think is my new pet is very active.
    The old one doesn't move much but he wiggles sometimes.


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