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Expert knowledge may be needed- does BB blue survive freezing?

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  1. SODABOTTLEBB

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Jan 26 2016 12:19:41
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    My shipment of passive monitors and bedbug blue got delivered Friday, apparently after we checked the mail. I thought my wife checked the mail yesterday, but she must not have--so it's been sitting outside in Canadian winter for three days (our mail comes to a community box--they deliver a key to you to open a parcel bin in the box when a package arrives.)

    Will the BB Blue still work if it's been frozen or at least very cold? I just don't want to get a false positive... Or negative, because the cold affected it somehow.

    Help?

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    Tue Jan 26 2016 17:39:19
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    Call the company. I'm sure once it gets back to room temperature it'll probably work fine.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Jan 26 2016 20:22:14
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    The package does state 'store at 59 - 86 F (15 - 30 C). Keep away from heat and light. Do not refrigerate.'

    Sheree Swindle / certified K9-assisted bed bug inspector
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Jan 26 2016 20:37:07
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    UPDATE--it's fine! I got some blood to test it on, and it turned blue almost immediately. (Nobody worry--I have a mild skin condition, and as gross as it is it's not hard to find something to bleed a little bit. I guess useful in this one weird situation...)

    Hi Sheree--I actually ordered it from you guys. The solution itself doesn't seem to be anything special--alcohol and peroxide--I could test it on some blood I suppose, and make sure it reacts. The spots I was worried about did not react, but also came off super easy, so I'm pretty confident they're ok. I'll see if I can find a means to test it and be sure.

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    Wed Jan 27 2016 13:20:15
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    It should be fine, really it's the direct prolonged sunlight exposure on the test strips that will cause problems.

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    Wed Jan 27 2016 13:42:37
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    sodabottlebb: The solution itself doesn't seem to be anything special--alcohol and peroxide--I could test it on some blood I suppose, and make sure it reacts.
    It's the chemical reaction with the test strip.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Jan 27 2016 15:49:13
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    djames1921 - 2 hours ago  » 
    It should be fine, really it's the direct prolonged sunlight exposure on the test strips that will cause problems.

    Thanks, David!

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