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  1. scaredstiffofbbs

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Mon Jun 2 2014 14:24:58
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    Hi all, especially David Cain,

    I bought two passive monitors for my new abode and am a little confused about where to place them. I don't own this place or live here alone, so I'm working with what's here. One bed has an upholstered headboard; the mattress has been encased (but not with bb-type encasements, but with a plastic protective encasement), and it's hard to reach and look at the box spring for monitoring because of the way the mattress and box spring are attached to the headboard. The other bed is quite large with a heavy mattress and box spring (mattress also encased in the same way), and a heavy cast iron headboard.

    In spite of the video in the FAQ's, I seem to remember reading that it's not a great idea to place the monitor on the wall behind the bed.

    In the case of the first bed, is it acceptable to place the monitor on the upholstered headboard behind the mattress/box spring? In the case of the second bed, what is the recommended placement given the heaviness of the bed components and my physical limitations? Thank you for any answers!

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Mon Jun 2 2014 14:45:23
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    Hi,

    It would really help if you could provide an image to clarify what you mean because when I read it all I am picking up is that this is all standard install as her the images on FlickR advice here.

    You are correct that the wall is not the correct place to install.

    When there is a headboard that attaches to the box spring then the box spring next tot he wooden legs if it has them is correct.

    The install sites are all commonly in locations which you should normally be accessing while cleaning the bed frame once a month.

    If you link images I will see able to see better.

    David Cain
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    Posted 5 years ago
    Mon Jun 2 2014 20:08:05
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    Hi David,

    sorry, I was having problems with uploading pictures but this should work now. Hopefully these are reasonably clear.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125104462@N02/

    Thanks,

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Jun 3 2014 9:28:11
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    Hi,

    Yes they are both standard.

    With the headboard you could place in line with the box spring on the headboard as long as they are effectively touching.

    Otherwise the box spring should be exposed as you clean behind the bed once a month.

    David

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Jun 3 2014 12:40:07
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    Hi David,

    Thank you. Is there a general guide I can refer to that shows where the standard placement should go on the box spring?

    Thanks again.

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    Tue Jun 3 2014 12:50:48
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    Hi,

    Yes, the master set of instructions comes from here:

    http://www.bed-bugs.co.uk/passivebedbugmonitorstechnical%20notes%20prototype%20final%20copy.pdf

    I may tidy it up and relink it to something more logically named on the next web session.

    David

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    Posted 5 years ago
    Tue Jun 3 2014 15:59:01
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    Thanks again. One last question, if I may: if just one person is sleeping in a bed, should the monitor go right under where that person sleeps (on their "side of the bed") or should it always go in the center of the bed (at the very top of the box spring if I understand the diagram correctly)? Thanks!

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    Tue Jun 3 2014 17:08:29
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    Hi,

    The center is fine, if the bed is in a corner then it's more towards the "dark corner". As long it offers a perfect home close to food bedbugs will at least explore it and show signs.

    It really is that simple.

    David

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    Posted 5 years ago
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    Close to food, yikes

    Thanks for the answers, David.


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