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BB Alert Passive Monitor - can you prove a negative?

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  1. Arthur

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Dec 13 2010 23:23:26
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    Hello, everyone,

    We are still not sure if we have bedbugs or unrelated hives - only one of us has had itchy bumps, which started during a bad virus, but have only happened at night. I definitely am having a psychosomatic reaction (I'm scratching as I type), but that doesn't mean we don't also have a real problem.

    Just in case, we steam-cleaned the bed frame and mattress, put on a mattress enclosure, and have installed the BB Alert Passive Monitor on the bed frame right next to the head of the mattress. (We thought about calling in a dog, until we got a price quote of $400 an hour.)

    So let's say we go for a month without seeing any signs of bedbugs on the bed or on the monitor. Can we relax?

    Even if we don't have bedbugs, this experience has been eye-opening. We will probably still get a Packtite and use it when we travel.

    Fingers crossed, and thanks for your insight!

  2. bushbugg

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Dec 14 2010 0:10:49
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    Your plan sounds pretty good. Maybe up your laundry frequency and let the dryer run longer at the hottest setting.

    I wouldnt buy a packtite unless you travel very frequently OR unless you actually confirm that you do have bedbugs. 120 degrees for a few minutes kills all bedbug life stages, and a good dryer will do that within an hour.

    I would search your bedrooms. Look in all the cracks of your closet, wall joins, and bedframe, and on the mattress and boxspring. Look for bugs, cast skins or feces.

    What is your building situation? Stand alone house, row home, apartment complex, or condo?

  3. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Dec 14 2010 6:33:46
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    Hi,

    I would say yes, if you have cleaned and inspected and installed a passive and there are no signs after a month, in the room or on the passive then I think you can take that as clear and BB free.

    It may be that the hive were a reaction to the medical, you can get some sensativity with certain antibiotics in some people.

    Hope the issue resolves.

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  4. Arthur

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Dec 14 2010 10:59:14
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    Thanks very much for your replies.

    We have a stand-alone house and haven't traveled or had houseguests since the summer, so we have reason to be optimistic. Then again, my husband takes the L to the Chicago Loop every day, so there is plenty of opportunity to catch a hitch-hiker.

    If I did get a Packtite, I fear I'd get obsessive-compulsive about prevention - cooking all the library books, and the children's shoes and bags after school. Reading the horrible stories here terrifies me and my heart goes out to those of you dealing a known infestation.


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