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DIY/homemade monitors: passive, pitfall, & active

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  1. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Dec 29 2015 17:16:54
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    Someone was looking for an alternative to ready-made passive monitors. I can't find the thread right now and I figured a new post might help.

    We have a thread with alternate passive monitor ideas from Lou Sorkin and P Bello here.

    You can read about some popular passive and active commercial monitors in the FAQ on bed bug monitors. There are instructions linked from there for making a homemade pitfall/interceptor style monitor and to instructions for a homemade dry ice (active) monitor.

    Note that active bed bug monitors may not work as well in occupied spaces, since they have to compete with a live human.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Dec 30 2015 11:31:05
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    I can attest to the passives (corrugated cardboard) working, and the active ones not working. I put together two active ones using sugar water, yeast and a little bit of bread (yeast need nutrients) to create CO2. Nothing, smelled good, but didn't catch a thing.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Dec 30 2015 11:57:49
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    Do you have photos you can share of bed bug physical evidence on or in your DIY cardboard monitors?

    If so, please post and or send them, thanks much !

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Dec 31 2015 14:02:20
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    Unfortunately not of any in the monitors. Although I just emailed two pictures of one of the monitors.

    The adults are easy to see that they are there, as they are a 'lump' in the otherwise smooth tube.

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    Posted 3 years ago
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    Posting them here would be great also. If you don't mind?


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