Giveaway: try a new Passive+ monitor and receive a Passive monitor, in exchange for feedback

by nobugsonme on January 18, 2012 · 29 comments

in bed bug monitors is pleased to announce another giveaway! This isn’t our usual contest, however.  Please read the information below carefully and follow the instructions to enter.

Bed Bugs Limited in London (UK) have developed a new version of the Passive monitor which is called a Passive+ and they are asking for your help to collect some field data on the effectiveness of the product in both detecting and eradicating bedbugs.  The drawing is open to anyone who either currently suspects a bedbug infestation or is currently suffering with bed bugs.

Simply post a single comment on this blog entry (below) and we will randomly choose 12 commenters who will each receive the following free of charge:

  • 1 x New Passive+ monitor to install for 14 days,
  • 1 x replacement Passive monitor to leave in its place after the Passive+ has been removed,
  • 1 x instructional information booklet about bedbugs including an activity log and feedback form which Bed Bugs Limited would like you to complete and post back to them.

In return for the prize, Bed Bugs Limited are asking that you return the Passive+ along with the diary and feedback after 14 days; they assure us that all information submitted and needed in order to send you this will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

The information pack outlines how the products can be used to help people in confirming bedbugs as well as details on how they can help helpful in reducing infestation numbers in confirmed bedbug cases through the process of monitor replacement.

I hope you will agree that this is a great opportunity to help in the development of an advanced version of this proven technology.  The summarized results of the test will even be made available to all those who have participated although as previously stated all personal information will be removed and kept confidential.

At this stage entry to the contest is restricted to non-pest controllers as the firm is interested in the data that can be collected directly with occupiers.  Bed Bugs Limited have however said that should any professional pest controllers be interested in trialling the technology, they should please get in touch via the Bed Bugs Limited website.


  • You need to register for this site to enter the contest. If you have previously registered for the Forums or, please login before posting your comment.  (Although we normally allow comments on blog posts without registering, this has been temporarily suspended due to the contest.)  You must use a working email address to register or you will be disqualified (see the third point below). Bed Bugs Limited will use this email to get in touch with you.  Click to login or register.  And once logged in, please make sure the email address in your profile is one you use and check regularly.
  • Please post one comment only below and don’t use this space to ask questions. Each comment is numbered.  We’ll use these numbers to do a random drawing.  For this reason it is essential that you post only once to this discussion.  If you want to discuss the contest or ask questions of the site admin or David Cain from Bed Bugs Ltd., please do so in this forum thread.  (Again, you can login on the forum with the same account you’re using here.)  If you have technical problems or other questions about the website, you can use the contact form to get in touch with the site owner (nobugsonme).
  • The drawing closes at 11 pm EST on January 27th, 2012 and is open to residents of the USA and Canada only.  (Void where prohibited by law.)
  • By commenting below and therefore entering this contest, you agree that if your entry is drawn, I (nobugsonme, site owner) have your permission to give the email address listed in your user account to David Cain of Bed Bugs Limited and his agents, so they can arrange for shipment of the monitors and information.  We will not announce the list of 12 winners.  However, winners will receive an email letting them know they have won.  You will need to respond promptly to the email and follow instructions listed there in order to participate.
  • has agreed to host this giveaway which will hopefully help some of you find out if you (still) have bed bugs, and which will hopefully help Bed Bugs Limited develop this new version of their Passive technology.  That’s pretty much where the involvement of the website ends.  We hope this giveaway goes as planned but reserve the right to cancel it or change the details if necessary.

Update (1/28 at 1 pm): the 12 winning emails have been passed on to David Cain.

(2/3/2012 at 6 pm): It’s not quite over yet. David contacted 12 winners earlier in the week. One did not respond and two others were PMPs (therefore disqualified) three additional emails (of people whose numbers were chosen as alternates) were passed on to David Cain and will now be contacted (check your emails over the next day or so). In case any of those folks don’t respond to their emails or are disqualified, I have one more alternate, and we can draw even more names if it comes to it.

1 BuggaPhobia January 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I’d love to participate in this contest.

2 ByeByeBuggie January 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Please count me in!

3 dlchristian January 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Sleepless in Indy…..HELP!!!

4 bkmommy January 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Oh gosh.. I REALLY need to win this contest.. I am slowly starting to lose it dealing with our bedbug issue.. 🙁

5 Bugged out in Da Bronx January 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I’d love to participate in this field test. Please pick me!

6 gastando January 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I would really appreciate being included in the field test. Thanks

7 punaisedelit January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m in too!

8 beruska January 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I would love to try it, as we are still trying to figure out, if we are OK.

9 Peteone January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

They found bed bugs at my office last night just a few feet from my cubicle. I am all in on this contest!!

10 ann9787 January 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

This would be tremendously helpful to a lot of people!

11 nervousaboutbedbugs January 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I’m in!

12 nervousness January 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Count me in! (I hope the package would be discretely marked!) 🙂

13 LAWoman January 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Professional web searcher seeks field test to figure out why she is getting strange acne upon waking every five to ten days for the last seven months but no solid evidence found.

14 killdienow January 21, 2012 at 1:51 am

new to the worldbof bedbugs. have seen three ttal but the inspectors saw none. dog positive id’d. im ready to catch them. i cant believe how tiny they are its crazy. one spray done. time for ongoing paranoia!

15 terrified_newbite January 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I’m interested! I want to find out if they are in my car. We are up for treatment #5 next week 🙁

16 ItchyinLA January 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Please include me in this drawing! Five months after what seemed to be a successful cross-country escape from an apartment with bed bugs, I’m getting the characteristic itchy welts again, but have yet to find any bugs….

17 mam417 January 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I’m on my third round of treatment…omg I SO need this item!! Please count me in!

18 sostressed4 January 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Please pick me!

19 ByeByeBadBugs January 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I have an active, elusive infestation. I’m a researcher by trade and I promise good data. PLEASE pick me!

20 rowenlynn January 23, 2012 at 3:15 am

Still new to the forums/site, but would love a passive monitor.

21 killerofall January 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

Me! Me! Me! Pick me! Please! Hope it works like they say!

22 leowil January 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

i would love one

23 Daniel4982 January 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I’d love to participate. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

24 nycanon18 January 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I’m in!

25 reallyfreakedout January 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I would love to try this. I found a specimen that I was convinced is a bed bug. The Orkin guy came and said it was probably a “flea or tick.” He seemed confused. Reflecting, it seems like any of those three pests he should have been easily and confidently been able to identify. Something is biting me. I am really freaked out.

26 Ipour14u January 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

Im a 28 year old stay home mother of 2. I recently purchased a new (to us) home with my boyfriend of 5 years. The house we bought has been unoccupied for over a year+. It is a brick home, built in the 60’s, on a acre of land. I am located in Northern Arizona. Within the first few days of moving in, and cleaning cobb webs, dust, etc. I began noticing these “pin head sized red splats” here and there on our freshly painted white walls. Upon scrubbing I determined it to be blood. NEVER even thinking it was BEDBUGS I wrote it off as mosquitos, or even a injury to the finger of the person who painted the place. So we have been here for 2 months now. My 2 year old woke up, about 6 days ago with 20+ bites all over her back. Living in AZ we see “heat rash” alot, so I gave her an oatmeal bath and applied an oinment. Over the next few days, the “rash” want getting better, not any worse either, but she is very uncomfortable. When I change her she flops around twisting and turning on the carpet for itch relief. On Tuesday (the 23rd, yes this is all going on RIGHT NOW) my 7 year old gets home from school, I asked her to lay down for a nap, and within minutes shes standing, back towards me, “Ouch mommy somethings hurting my back” I see this small brown speck, at first thinking it might be a splinter I reach in and pull it out of her back, bare-handed. So I begin checking this thing out. I realize quickly its not a splinter, or a bee stinger, or a flee…..OMG Its a BEDBUG!! Immediatly I am reminded of the “$10 great deal Twin Size mattress” we had just bought a few weeks back. UGH! I wondered to myself, could it be? I was so mad. So I begin “peeling” away at the babies bed…..and I found nothing. My 7 year olds bed, the couches, our bed, carpets, electrical sockets, everywhere, nothing. I woke up 2 days ago with a cluster of bites on my knees, more on the left side, and over 20 in all. And the beginning to the end occured just a few minutes ago,with the largest 100+ splats spot just to the left and above my daughters door. Im SO frustrated. I dont know where to begin. Living in a climate where it is not uncommon for a scorpion or black widow to pop up in your kitchen, I have always followed the theory of “we dont get fleas/bedbugs here, its too hot” If I can make it to June or July, I can live with 128 degrees in the shade, hopefully these little jerks cant! PLEASE pick me, Ill try anything!!

27 DreDay17 January 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I would love to try these out as I am still trying to figure out of there any bedbugs in our house. This will really help us understand.


28 country-bugaboo January 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

We think our 2 vehicles and 2,500 sq. ft. house are still infested after 16 months of attempts to eliminate bed bugs. I haven’t caught a bug, but I’m still getting bit. We’re older and can’t see well. Maybe this will help.

29 nobugsonme January 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

Thanks for entering!

The contest is now closed. Winners will be notified in the next few days by email.

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