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using multiple dry ice detection traps

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  1. billybee

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    Sat May 11 2013 18:12:54
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    Hi,

    I just got into my sublet for the summer and I want to check if any bedbugs were brought to the apartment. I'm planning on making two dry ice traps and putting them down for a week in my bedroom and also next to the couch in the living room, where I've been sleeping a lot.

    I'm wondering whether the use of 2 traps is self-defeating, since it would be 2 competing sources of CO2 emission, maybe confusing the bugs. Or is using 2 traps at the same time fine?

    That's my whole question, and I'd be grateful for any PCO or otherwise experienced forum member to offer their opinions.
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    If you want the background info for the situation, here goes...

    The students subletting to me are actually moving into the apartment in September. They got a mattress and box spring from their friend at a different apartment and left it for me in my bedroom. I checked the seams and didn't find any bugs and didn't see any splotches of stains--their friend said it was fine (although the mattress was old & beat to hell). But a day later I looked again and noticed some brown and black spots on the edges of the mattress and box spring.

    The spots were mostly in small groupings, but I decided to check them against photos on the web of bed bug stains close-up and... they were EXACTLY the same. The mattress must have had or currently has a low-grade infestation, since the spots never accrued to make big splotches.

    We threw out the mattress and box spring, so they were only there for 2 days. But I'm worried that a few bugs, maybe a female, escaped. So I thought I would rest easy, and know whether to leave the sublet next month, if I ran the dry-ice test in two places where they would wait or go looking for a new food source.

    Thanks very much, if anyone can help. I'd rather stop a potential problem before it starts.

    Adam


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