Field observations of modified glue boards and regular glue boards

One of my landlord customers has been monitoring a large building and one of the suites contained zero furniture except for a very small stuffed chair and a thin area carpet. The scant furniture and lack of obvious sleeping area created problems for monitoring so random flat trapper max glue boards were placed in the […]

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Bed Bugs Mattress Dragging in the Alley

Bed Bugs Mattress Dragging in the Alley Home Leon Wieler from Sleep Tight Exterminations LTD source

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Following bed bug preparation instructions and differences in ability

Over the years I have noted that some people find it easy to follow instructions, some people find instructions difficult, and some outright refuse to follow instructions. Sometimes it is easy to figure out who can or can not follow instructions. For example a morbidly obese lady with no feet will have difficulty doing just […]

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Mental health and bed bugs

Having lived in Winnipeg’s inner city for 14 years I have gained a fair bit of “street” wisdom. For example when a woman asks you for the “time” it is simply a precursor to sexual solicitation. Or if a man panhandling on the corner with a sign that says “homeless – please help” it is […]

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Professional lab testing the modified glue board trap

Over the years we have used glue board traps extensively and trained landlords on how to build and use them as well. We have noted that it is entirely possible, given the right circumstances and tenant cooperation, to remove all bed bugs from a suite with nothing more than heat sterilizing the beds and stuffed […]

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How long do the glue board traps last?

There are a number of factors that influence how long a glue board will be effective at catching bed bugs. When new they work very well but age, UV damage, dirt, and the severity of the infestation play a role in their longevity. I have noted that glue boards exposed directly to sunlight turn yellow […]

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Temperature and baiting bed bugs

We know that the bed bug metabolism speeds up in warmer temperatures causing more frequent feeding and shorter life span. On one occasion I took advantage of that quirk when a man in care facility insisted on keeping his suite at 30 celcius on a regular basis. The infestation was well advanced which usually means […]

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Bed bugs, businessmen, and the Intellectual

I spent many years in University and one the most enduring tidbits of knowledge I gleaned came about through Edward Said’s lectures entitled “Representations of the Intellectual.” Said suggests that the role of the modern intellectual is to move beyond self interest and speak truth to vested interests on the “basis of universal principles” (p11). […]

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Bed sized bug trap – an evaluation

Last week I had an enquiry on my web site about a product called “bed sized bug trap”. I didn’t know anything about it so I looked it up. Apparently it is a large bed sheet that drapes over the bed with a sticky barrier around the perimeter. The theory is to prevent bugs from […]

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Moving without bedbugs and customer language barriers

Several years ago I established a partnership with a local nonprofit group that assists newcomers with adjusting to life in Canada. The non profit deliberately hired a wide variety of employees with a range of language capabilities to facilitate their work so I thought we could partner effectively with translation. Moving without bed bugs actually […]

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