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  1. OutOutDarnBugs

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Mon Jul 27 2009 8:23:24
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    Has anyone had success with finding bugs in your Climb-Up Indicators? Just out of curiosity...

  2. KILL_ALL_BEDBUGS

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    I've been using them for about a month, I have yet to catch one, although I have a small infestation and usually get bitten at my desk rather than in bed

  3. OutOutDarnBugs

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Interesting... anyone else get results?

  4. KillerQueen

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    I used them for an adjoining apartment that was infested. No complaints of bites from the tenant in that unit. After one week I went back in to inspect the monitors and found 3 dead bed bugs in the climb up, so yes, they work. I have also been able to find both bird and rodent mites inside them from clients who had 6 to 8 months of bed bug treatments from other companies. After inspecting a few clients like this I have found that mites have been biting them all along and they never had a bed bug problem.

    I have a client I'm following up with this Wednesday who was finally treated for the right parasite. She has been bite free for 3 weeks now.

  5. lil_bit_obsessed

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    i've had them on the beds in my house for about a month and a half now. so far nothing! (knock on wood). having stayed in a hotel two months ago that i'm fairly sure had bedbugs (there were blood spots and bites) i'm hoping that this means that i'm in the clear. if i had caught them from the hotel it would have been my second (independent) infestation in two years. yikes.

    thanks killerqueen, it's reassuring to know that they do work. i think that i will be leaving them on my bed (and spare bed) indefinately so that i have a good shot at catching any stray bb that finds its way into my home in the future.

    having said that, i now feel the pressing need to go and check all of my interceptors...

  6. DrFrank

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Has anyone ever found a live bed bug in a Climb-Up interceptor? I think a video of one of them trying (and failing) to get out would go a long way toward instilling confidence.

    Especially considering this post, although I can't tell from the OP if the "outer ring" was the inner wall of the outer ring or the outer wall of the outer ring.

  7. Winston O. Buggy

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    I have used them and have heard reports from people who have and they are certainly a good tool in the battle especially at $56 for a dozen. Lot cheaper than a CDC 3000 or Nightwatch.

  8. de-selftreat

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Quite a few people on these boards must use climb-ups, I'd like to hear more reports. $56 a dozen is still very expensive for bits of plastic, so they should work!
    Also, I was wondering whether the talc inside should actually be replaced with DE? It would seem to make sense (not that I have bought any Climb-Ups).

  9. wirehead

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Ours seem to repel them, as I'm no longer being bitten in bed, but I haven't found any bugs in the traps. After I put the traps on, they started biting me during the day, mostly biting my feet in the bathroom just after I got up in the morning. (The good news is, I feel it, so I then get to kill the offending bug.)

    We have a relatively light infestation, though, and I haven't checked the traps under the bed, just the ones at the edges (we have a queen-sized bed that has 4 legs at the corners and 2 beneath, and I can't see into the middle ones without lifting the whole mattress off). So it's entirely possible there are a few in there.

    I can report with certainty that they're doing an excellent job of isolating the bed, but I'm not totally convinced of their success as *traps*. Since it comes out to less than 5 bucks per trap I say they're completely worth it, just keep in mind that if you have bugs already, they won't be the only thing you need -- but they do help. One more weapon for the arsenal.

  10. Winston O. Buggy

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    As you note they are not a solution but a monitor. If you don't know and you catch some now you know. If you have BBs and you start control measures they are like Ed Koch "how my doing". As far as DE is concerned, that would make them a pesticide device and require registration and additional expense on the part of the manufacturer/distributor and on down the line. On another note did you ever tear a mattress label off when you got it home and it was yours?

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    The question remains: Do live, healthy bed bugs actually become trapped in the monitors, or is it just the weak? In other words, does the efficacy of the monitors depend significantly on whether or not some form of insecticide has been used?

  12. OutOutDarnBugs

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    KillerQueen, in the apartment where you put the interceptors and found bugs, did you already do a chemical treatment for bed bugs?

    I've found other things in my interceptors: a baby cockroach, a spider beetle and a regular spider. So I know things get trapped in there (the only thing that was alive was the regular spider). And it sounds like from KQ's post that things do, in fact, get trapped even when there's not treatment for that pest (i.e. the bird and rodent mites that were found when the client was treated for bed bugs).

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Wang, Gibb and Bennett (2009) did a study on integrated pest management using passive monitors almost exactly like the climb up interceptor. they divided their test subjects into two groups, apartments that were treated with pesticide sprays and apartments that were treated with dusts (not sure if it was drione or diatomaceous earth. i seem to recall it was DE). both types of apartments routinely caught bedbugs in the monitors (placed under the legs of beds and couches), often in scenarios where the residents thought that the bugs were gone.

    in which case (if it was DE) then yes, they can catch bedbugs without chemical treatment.

    but can they catch bugs without chemical treatment OR DE? that i don't know.

    check out the article here:
    http://www-rci.rutgers.edu/~insects/BedbugIPMJMEntomol.pdf

  14. Winston O. Buggy

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Jul 30 2009 18:11:19
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    Live healthy insects have been trapped in apartments that have not been treated.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Fri Jul 31 2009 1:15:42
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    Thanks, Winston O. Buggy. Was this your own experience? Or did you read about it somewhere?

  16. Winston O. Buggy

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    Witnessed it heard about it from primary and secondary sources.

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    lil_bit,

    The ClimbUp was proven in research studies to catch live bed bugs *as is* -- with the talc they come with (which can be topped up as needed).

    The manufacturer notes you can add a light dusting of DE (if you want to kill them) but this is not necessary.

    Links to study data in the Climbup FAQ.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 10 years ago
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    thanks nobugs! i may have read that at some point but my brain is foggy these days...

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    i caught termite nymphs, and a tiny catarpiller thing, all alive.

  20. Winston O. Buggy

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    Yep kinda like a pit fall trap. Ask a doodlebug?

  21. never_again

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    Posted 10 years ago
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    I have been using them for 3 weeks and so far no BB. Just checked them, no BB, but i have what looks like 2 bites on the same arm of the last questionable bites. I have found many bugs that look like and move slow (when they are alive) like spider beetles. I find them everywhere, i'm thinking i'll post a picture to make sure i'm not mistaken. I've also seen a very tiny white bug that seems to jump around, I havn't been able to catch one, but is it possible that these are mites that could be biting me?

  22. Dcajv

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    So climb ups have to removed and washed and new talc applied every 3 weeks or can I just add some talc with a cotton ball while they are still on the beds? I have had mine on for 3 weeks after the house was chemically treated 4 times and i have not caught anything I can see so far.


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