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is it true bb can't climb smooth surfaces?? please answer

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  1. StupidApts

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Oct 17 2011 0:59:59
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    ls it just metal? my daughter's crib is very smooth wood (maybe the fake wood). Should they be able tp climb up that??

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Oct 17 2011 1:38:16
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    They can climb any wood surface and they can also climb metal.

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    And even glass, according to a video from Lou Sorkin.

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

    Bedbugs can not climb mirror smooth clean surfaces. In reality this means that they have issues climbing clean glass, clean Teflon, smooth clean plastics and chromed type metal surfaces.

    All other textured surfaces they have no issue with climbing including the surfaces above if they become either dirty or dusty.

    Hope that helps clarify.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    I've put them inside a plastic tupperware bowl and a glass glass and they could not climb either one. OTOH, my bed legs are metal and they have no problem getting into my bed (though I've never seen them on the metal legs). I think they dislike metal, but can still climb it. I've also seen them upside down on the ceiling. They're bad climbers compared to other insects, but still mighty good compared to us humans.

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    Mon Oct 17 2011 13:09:09
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    I used to like to get revenge on the one I bagged by flattening out the ziplock he was in and letting him slide to the bottom. He'd run like crazy.

    He could get purchase, but he couldn't get great traction.

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    Nobugsonme - 10 hours ago  » 
    And even glass, according to a video from Lou Sorkin.

    http://bedbugger.com/2011/03/24/yes-bed-bugs-can-climb-up-glass-surfaces

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    Mon Oct 17 2011 13:35:15
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    Here is a type of smooth surface which I believe bed bugs cannot climb at all, according to experiments I did early this year when I had access to a small number of bb's for a few weeks:

    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/storage/storageBoxes/plastic?productId=10000166 .

    Of course there are similar containers made by many other companies such as Rubbermaid, Steri-Lite, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc., from the same kind of plastic: hard smooth semi-clear, not frosty and not colored such as white.

    I wished to replicate my experiments with large numbers of bugs but no longer have access to any bb's since I don't maintain colonies of my own.

    If any of the researchers who do maintain such colonies would like to verify my results with, say, a few hundred bugs, please accept every encouragement from me to do so.

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    See detailed discussions:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/storage-bins-are-these-any-good#post-119753

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/bedbug-barrier-tape-plumbers-tape#post-110435

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/plastic-moat-proposal-for-electronics-and-similar

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Mon Oct 17 2011 13:46:26
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    kitep - 51 minutes ago  » 
    ...I've also seen them upside down on the ceiling...

    According to my own small-scale experimentation, similar to what's mentioned above, you can absolutely keep bed bugs off the ceiling by placing any kind of smooth clear single-sided tape with the non-sticky side facing outwards, i.e. downwards, on the edge of the ceiling – that is to say, on the ceiling itself, not the top of the wall.

    Some bugs, particularly later-stage juveniles and adults, may be able to climb such smooth tape when it's at an angle of 90 degrees i.e. vertically scaling it up a wall.

    But they can't grip it, as far as I've been able to tell, when it's *overhead* at an angle of 180 degrees.

    Once again, I would urge any researchers who have access to large numbers of bb's to replicate my tests so as to confirm or disprove my findings.

    Please see in particular:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/storage-bins-are-these-any-good#post-119897

    Then if you're concerned about bugs *coming out from inside the ceiling* to drop down on you, such as from around light fixtures or the like...well, why not slap on cheap duct tape, in two or three layers if necessary making sure there are no holes whatsoever, to prevent that?


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