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  1. makesmenuts

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 16:07:28
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    I have to say, if nothing else, getting BBs sure gives you an unwanted education. Besides changing my living habits, it's taught me things like the following:

    -The lifspan of a BB, number of eggs that can be laid in said lifespan, and their gestation period
    -The top spots that BBs like to harbor and where/what to look for in a thorough visual search
    -The difference between a reactor and non-reactor
    -The meaning of terms like residual, active, passive, insect growth regulator, etc.
    -The different types of DE, their properties, and how to apply the right kind
    -The temperatures and durations at which BBs die
    -The pros and cons of thermal, cryo, and a variety of other treatments
    -The life stages of a BB

    I could have happily gone to my grave not knowing these things, but now they're part of my knowledge base, and I'm sure many of you fine folks here can say the same.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 17:28:41
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    To which I can add; how to ID bat bugs, psocids, spider beetles, several kinds of ticks, lice, dermestid beetles & cockroaches. Also more detail than I ever expected to have about the life cycle of carpet beetles, their preferred foodstuffs, methods of controlling them, & human reactions to their larval hairs.

    Recently the BBC ran a radio programme about problems of pest control in museums & I almost tweeted a complaint that they hadn't covered what I thought a particularly interesting approach to insect control (especially carpet beetles) at the Natural History Museum in London. At that point I realised that something had changed forever in my life.

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 19:01:14
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    Haha. I love this thread. This is so true. I complain to my LL that I learned way too much about BB over the last couple of weeks and that I've become an involuntary bed bug specialist. I even suggested that I give all the employees and superintendents in the building a quick info shop on identifying and dealing with bed bugs. Yikes.

  4. bed-bugscouk

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 19:45:21
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    Hi,

    I also love this thread but to put down all the things I have learned that I never thought I would could roll over into my next book.

    I will however say that "bed bug specialist" is a title that should rightly be reserved for those that have done at least 3,000 cases successfully for it to be something of value to the world, too many people read someone elses protocol and assume they know it all when the reality is that a little bit of knowledge and a lot of confidence can be more damaging than a truck load of foggers. Highly educated individuals though need their own title in recognition for the time they spend learning though.

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  5. djames1921

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 21:01:13
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    Here is the one skill that bed bugs taught me, from testing, retesting and tweaking packtites for the last few years, I can literally use my bare hand to tell what is and what is not 120 F. My hand has literally become a thermometer.

  6. AshamedandScratching

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 21:18:59
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    That skill would rock. I figure if it's hot to my touch, it's good.

  7. BuggerBeater

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Tue Sep 20 2011 23:32:08
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    bed-bugscouk - 3 hours ago  » 

    I will however say that "bed bug specialist" is a title that should rightly be reserved for those that have done at least 3,000 cases successfully for it to be something of value to the world, too many people read someone elses protocol and assume they know it all when the reality is that a little bit of knowledge and a lot of confidence can be more damaging than a truck load of foggers. Highly educated individuals though need their own title in recognition for the time they spend learning though.
    David Cain
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    When I say "bed bug specialist", I mean it in jest.

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    Posted 8 years ago
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    BuggerBeater - 5 hours ago  » 
    When I say "bed bug specialist", I mean it in jest.

    I know but its a term I hold dear and having "slapped" enough PCO's for going on one course and claiming to be a specialist I think of it as a badge of honor that needs to be earned.

    David

  9. OhNoes

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Sep 21 2011 13:40:17
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    I'd say this:

    David and the other PCOs here - Bed Bug Gurus (Or specialist if you prefer)

    The Afflicted on the site - Bed Bug Enlightened?

    bed-bugscouk - 8 hours ago  » 

    BuggerBeater - 5 hours ago  » 
    When I say "bed bug specialist", I mean it in jest.

    I know but its a term I hold dear and having "slapped" enough PCO's for going on one course and claiming to be a specialist I think of it as a badge of honor that needs to be earned.
    David

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    Posted 8 years ago
    Wed Sep 21 2011 13:41:56
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    how many red marks I have.

    how badly I handle anxiety


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