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Cast Skin ID/Packtite Passive Monitors/Questions for the Bug Experts

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  1. js2337a

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Jun 23 2019 16:07:22
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    Hello all,
    I wrote in a few weeks ago questioning whether a Vikane Treatment had worked. That post, admittedly, was highly driven by anxiety. You can read it here: https://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/failed-vikane-treatmentfecal-idnext-steps

    In short, I vikaned all my stuff when I found a BB nymph two days before moving (nymph was confirmed by a PCO). However, I've been in the new place two weeks and I'm still skeptical about the treatment as I've been receiving a new bite every few days (usually single, always in a random spot). If they ARE in my room, my thought it was because the vikane failed due to an overcrowded moving van (really, the mover stuffed it to the max), or they are coming in from somewhere else (I'm worried, alternatively, that I brought them to work, and then brought them back with me to my home).

    Today, while doing yet another inspection, found this inside an old picture frame that I took apart. The frame is in a plastic storage bin that has been under my bed since i moved (the picture frame also happened to be set right next to my bed at my old place). I have no idea if it's recent or old, but I'm pretty sure it's a cast skin.

    https://imgur.com/tK5QIy9

    I've purchased two passive monitors and have placed one at the head of my boxspring of my bed. My question is, will BBs resettle to the passive monitor if there are storage bins under my bed (i.e. potential harborage)? For the record, i have a metal bed frame and encasements on both the box spring and mattress. I'm not sure if I shouldn't bother waiting and just alert the landlord based on the cast skin or wait to see if the monitor turns anything up (if the cast skin IS old).

    finally, for the experts, I'm curious what, on a behavioral level, motivates bed bugs to hitch hike and travel. if they theoretically have a set harborage along with a constant source of food (for example, like in a hotel), why would they pick up a ride on a suitcase?

    I know this is a long and convoluted post. I appreciate you taking the time to read it.

  2. lalmaroad

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Jun 23 2019 19:06:24
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    I had the same sort of questions and ran across this thread in the search engine. Hope it helps.
    https://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/question-for-mr-cain-re-passive-monitoring

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  3. js2337a

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Sun Jun 23 2019 19:15:20
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    Thanks so much lalmaroad!

  4. loubugs

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Mon Jun 24 2019 5:43:41
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    Cockroach nymph shed skin.

    If a suitcase is bumped into them or on something on which bed bugs live, they can crawl onto it. The bumping could be a new food source. If they crawl about and get onto it and it happens to leave (picked up, carried away), they get carried to somewhere else.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    Mon Jun 24 2019 7:16:11
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    Hi,

    The problem with building anm infestetation model to try and work out why thimgs transfer is that you are dealing with biology rather than mathmatics or physics. As such the only way to work it out is to observe and collect data and I dont think we will get many volunteers for that study or much support from the ethics committee.

    This is essence a logic trap or "stopper wave" where people try to logic their way around the problem but get caught out by forgetting its biology not physics. This is why "engineer inventors" have such issues with bedbugs because their minds tell them there "must be a universal solution" which they can design but they never but enough time into observing the insects themselves.

    As for bedbugs leaving existing harbourage in order to move into the Passive Monitor there a few videos on YouTube that show them doing that, such as:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oPqjEYO6f8

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
    Bed Bugs Limited

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