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  1. Stressed_UK

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    Hi

    I brought some items over from a house with bed bugs. They are currently in sealed bags in my garage. I don't think they are items which would naturally be attractive to bugs (antique wooden clock etc) and they were not in the bedbug hotspot rooms. But I don't want to risk it. What is the best way to decontaminate relatively fragile items. Should I see if a local Pest Control company provide a service?

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    Hi,

    There are not many people set up to decontaminate items for bedbugs. One of only two facilities I am aware of is the one I designed in London where we use a variety of methods to decontaminate anything.

    The other option is close inspection and placing them close to the bed in an occupied room with Passive Monitors on the bed. If anything is brought in on the items it will quickly relocate and be removable.

    Hope that helps.

    David Cain
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    Hi David

    Thanks for the reply the only issue I have with that is I don't want to bring them into my house for obvious reasons and the contaminated house is now empty.

    Might be a case of just getting rid of some of the items of furniture I can't store and leaving the others sealed in the garage and hope they survive for two years?

    Just for info are you talking about your Bed Bug Alert monitor? I have already purchased one but will buy a few more.

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    Hi,

    There is an equation we must all do, risk versus cost. As a keen eyed inspector I reduce my risks that way.

    Yes, the Passive Monitors have been sold as BB Alert Passive but that is old stock and branding. The current products are PackTite Passives or the ones direct from Bed Bugs Limited unless your Southern Hemisphere or Far East and then it’s Ensystex.

    David

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    Hi David

    And thanks again, the monitor I have bought is by Bed Bug Monitors which I take it is your company.

    Unfortunately, I am not near London though I may ask if a local company might consider inspecting a couple of items, not super high value but old and important to me.

    In the meantime I intend to buy a few more monitors just to give me peace of mind.

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    Hi,

    Yes that will be us.

    Buy them because they will reduce the impact of any future introductions. For the peace of mind focus on avoidance as it’s a much greater return on investment.

    David

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    Thanks David another 4 monitors on the way. I’m hoping they remain untouched.

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    At least you can buy one. They are not available in Germany. I would love to have one because of my many business trips.

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    Mawiwala - 1 hour ago  » 
    At least you can buy one. They are not available in Germany. I would love to have one because of my many business trips.

    We ship all over the world and because there are no chemicals or requirements for power we even ship them to locations which are off the grid.

    We used to have a European agent but they could not get on board with the going green.

    David

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    Shipping is between 45$ and 100$ on bedbugsupply and on your website it says only within the UK.

    Well I guess I should stop hijacking this post here.

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    Mawiwala - 21 minutes ago  » 
    ... on your website it says only within the UK.
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    Yes the automated system is set up for UK only. We can however ship anywhere and process those orders via PayPal. Nothing is impossible it just might not fit with the process established to deal with the rest of the business flow. Oddly enough at the moment Amazon is our biggest shifter because of the speed of delivery.

    David

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    Looks like Amazon would work.


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