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Can I check the passive monitor daily?

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  1. Bluemoon71

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Dec 6 2010 19:19:59
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    Is a daily check of the passive monitor too disruptive? Also, if I am placing the monitor on the box spring, should the monitor be between the wall and the box spring, or should I push the box spring away from the way a bit so that the monitor only touches the box spring? Thanks!

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Dec 6 2010 20:00:00
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    I see no reason you can't check it every day if you want, although weekly would work too. What I'm not sure about is that the bed is butted against the wall. Maybe look around here about bed isolation until a pro shows up.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Dec 6 2010 20:57:57
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    Thanks! Also the box spring sits directly on the floor if that makes any difference in placement.

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    Tue Dec 7 2010 6:25:37
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    Hi,

    You can check daily but the reality is that you only need to check either weekly or following a bite.

    They were initially designed for monthly checking but I prefer weekly since we know that if introduced bedbug eggs take 10 - 14 days to hatch, thus there is every change you will catch a rogue bedbug which if it has laid eggs will most likely be inside the monitor and therefore as long as you check every 7 days you can remove them before they hatch.

    If the box base is on a frame or the floor makes no difference to the install location.

    The other reason for weekly is to avoid over obsessing which can become more of a hindrance by leading to OCD type behaviours in some bedbug cases.

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Dec 7 2010 20:55:28
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    David,
    Would you recommend against putting 2 monitors on one bed? I have one on the head side of the box spring on a standard american bed (mattress, box spring, frame - no headboard though).
    I want to also lay one flat between box spring and mattress.
    Overkill?
    Thank you!

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    Wed Dec 8 2010 7:39:02
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    Hi soscared,

    I would have to say I see no added benefit in having two passives on a bed. One should work as well as two and part of what I am tryingt o do is avoid over paranoia and over obsessing behaviour. There is a fine line with bedbugs between being aware and worrying too much, I appreciate its traumatic, god only knows with the number of people I have met and help I know all to well what this can be like for some people but the reality is that some do cope with it better than others.

    Laying flat at the head end of the box spring between the mattress and the base is fine, just align it so there are a few millimeters sticking out although the vertical section at the back of the box base works best and its easier to inspect.

    Hope that helps.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Hi David. My new passives came in the mail yesterday. I want to mount them on my couch and in my vehicle. My couch is a small "L" shape. Where would be the best inconspicous place to mount it? Also, my vehicle is a three row SUV. Where would you suggest?

    I also purchased an active monitor. When is the best time to run it in my car? Will the cold temperatures at night affect it?

    As always, thanks for your wonderful advice.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Hi,

    I will PM you with regards placement.

    With regards actives I dont use them myself so I cant comment on where to place.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Thanks, David. I am definitely trying not to go down the OCD road with this issue, I think I am doing pretty good. I am 90% back to "normal" behaviors, and the other 10% are MOSTLY warranted, I think. For example - your suggestion of a smooth sided plastic box by the front door. I do that after certain outings.

    Normally the monitor should be placed on the outer (head) side of the box spring, right? Not between the box spring and mattress? Just making sure.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    soscared - 10 hours ago  » 
    Normally the monitor should be placed on the outer (head) side of the box spring, right? Not between the box spring and mattress? Just making sure.

    They are designed to be installed at the head end at the top of the box section just where the mattress sits. If you have an encasement and are worried about sticking anything to it then you can slide between the base and the mattress, just leave it right up againstt he edge at the head end.

    The placement is not as specific as you would think, there are optiomal places but generally bedbugs seem happy to leave existing locations and at least explore it - leaving their mark as they do.

    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    Got it. Thanks again.


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