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Should I use the Bed Bug Beacon or Active Alert monitor to test my car?

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  1. Eric_S

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Oct 26 2010 16:15:20
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    Which one would be better to test the inside of my car, and the trunk?

  2. so unsettling

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Oct 26 2010 17:15:03
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    I don't know what the climate in your area is like. But I think the beacon requires a sustained temperature of at least 70 degrees for the CO2 to work. It has become cold enough at night where I live, for the beacon to be a practical option for me in the car.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Dec 3 2010 17:34:38
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    Has anyone had any luck with using either of these in the car? Sounds like the active monitor may need at least 2 wks to show a small infestation. Would having a bed bug dog go through the car be better/cheaper? Just to clarify, temps need to be at least 70 degrees for the beacon to operate? Any temp requirements on the active monitor?

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Dec 3 2010 17:42:27
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    I tried the dog in the car and it didn't work. There are just too many places to sniff out and the handler was skeptical that it would work. It didn't.

    When I had a bb in my car...it came out within 20 minutes to bite me and that was at about 10:00 am. If you just sit in your car for while, you'll know.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Fri Dec 3 2010 19:32:52
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    Ha-ha! I tried the dog in the car, too, and had the same response from the dog and the handler. They need to train these dogs to do cars. This dog was a lab, so he was pretty big to be moving around the car.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Sun Jan 23 2011 2:22:11
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    Bought an active monitor with heat and want to try it out in our car. Unfortunately we seem to have missed our window of time for letting the car just sit for days on end and will be using it atleast once a day now cept for maybe weekends.

    I want to test the car and would like to know if temp has any impact on its effectiveness, location, or duration? My thought is that in using the car daily there may be bugs present that are fed enough to not care about the monitor after we get out.


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