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Interceptors clear for 3 months now. Am I clear?

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  1. yikes_bugs

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Tue Feb 23 2016 23:42:15
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    My interceptors have been clear for 3 months now. I have been doing a weekly check on my bedframe. One of the bedframes is black metal and hence its impossible to detect fecal, however my 3 year old who welts really bad when bit has and sleeps on that bed has not had any. The other bed has wooden slats that remain clear and some metal parts that are also clear (no fecals)

    I also had a very thin layer of Cimexa just outside and around the interceptors and I also have Cimexa on the bed frame. I had put Cimexa because I had caught a bed bug three weeks after putting the interceptors wandering around the interceptor. My take was that the bug was simply avoiding the interceptor and going around it, hence if I put cimexa, they will touch it and dry.

    Because I had found the bug avoiding interceptor, I am low in confidence that interceptors will detect bugs since they will continue avoiding it. Hence even after 3 months I feel that the empty interceptors are not necessarily a positive sign.

    DO interceptors really work? Should I consider myself clear and start living a normal life

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 16:41:23
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    I was hoping an expert would comment on this. Should I got back to normalcy?

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 18:10:25
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    Are the interceptors homemade or the ones sold commercially? I don't use them all that often but I have noticed the commercial ones seem to work better than plastic stuff from the hardware store.

    PCO and inventor of a bio active bedbug trap
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Thu Feb 25 2016 18:34:07
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    Jim, these are the commercially available white color ones. I bought these from Amazon.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Fri Feb 26 2016 21:05:12
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    Jim and other experts, what will be your advice/suggestion?

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Sun Feb 28 2016 20:14:28
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    The lack of physical evidence and the lack of bites for three months, what more would convince you?

    Sheree Swindle / certified K9-assisted bed bug inspector
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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Feb 29 2016 1:10:17
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    Thanks and I agree. But there are three reasons that drive my lack of confidence.

    1. My dark black frame makes it impossible to detect fecal and hence I cant say if there is fecal. Although I have not seen any live bedbugs.

    2. I have been told that people can stop reacting and I sometimes wonder if my 4 yr old has stopped reacting.

    3. Cimexa and interceptor isolation may have led them to dormancy.

    Last week I removed the interceptors in my daughter's room to see if they bite.

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Mon Feb 29 2016 2:27:49
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    3. Cimexa and interceptor isolation may have led them to dormancy.

    Who says?

    I have heard an expert suggest bed bugs may spread to other areas if you isolate the bed. This does not mean they would go "dormant". They can feed on you when you sit on a chair or even stand up if needed. Bed bugs won't stop biting and lie in wait because you isolated the bed.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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