BB Alert Passive An Early Bed Bug Detection Product
Passive bed bug monitors are a great way to check for an early bed bug problem. When bed bugs are found early they are significantly easier and less expensive to exterminate. Additionally at an early stage the infestation is fairly well confined to one location. This new passive bed bug detection monitor from MIDMOS is called BB Alert Passive.
The monitor works by providing a narrow space (harborage) that bed bugs love. When the monitor is properly positioned near the headboard of the bed between the mattress and box spring is can show the signs of a bed bug problem in the very early stages. The wide white skirt surrounding the harborage location allow a pest professional to see fecal traces quickly. These fecal traces are caused by bed bugs which have engorged themselves from a blood meal extruding fluid to crawl into their favored small space. The fecal traces appear on the white skirt of the product as black marks that could have been made by a felt tip pen. Additionally when a more prominent infestation is present the pest professional will also find cast skins on the skirt as well.
The monitor has a large sticky backing that allows the monitor to be easily applied to a bed frame or headboard. The monitor has a checklist on the top that housekeeping or a pest professional can tick off the month of inspection as well as a place to note the installation and expiration date.
Additionally the manufacturer has added this verbiage to the top of the product that explains in a nice unthreatening way what the product is. The wording is: "To ensure your continued comfort and rest this hotel uses these monitors as an early warning system. Don't be alarmed that you have found this it is better to stay at a hotel that takes this issue seriously than one that waits for a guest to get bitten."
The hard plastic piece that covers the corrugated cardboard keeps the product from being compressed and unusable when inserted in between a mattress and box spring.
|Size of the BB Alert Passive monitor.||Close up of the front of the product.|
|Full sticky back of the product covered
by waxed cover before installation.
|Detail of un crushable plastic cover.|