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SenSci- Activ-Bed-Bug-Lure-Review When bed bugs want to find their next meal, they’ll follow the trail of body odor, heat, and carbon dioxide that we emit in our sleep. Bed bugs won’t come out of hiding if these signals are not present; instead, they’ll go into a hibernative state, and can live for up to a […]

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SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure Review

When bed bugs want to find their next meal, they’ll follow the trail of body odor, heat, and carbon dioxide that we emit in our sleep. Bed bugs won’t come out of hiding if these signals are not present; instead, they’ll go into a hibernative state, and can live for up to a year without a blood meal. In the past, passive bed bug monitors and traps (like ClimbUp Insect Interceptors and SenSci Volcano) required a host sleeping in the room to provide those necessary signals. Thanks to the new SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure, that’s about to change. Now, you can significantly increase your devices effectiveness at attracting and capturing bed bugs by converting your passive monitors and traps into active ones.

SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure

SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure

SenSci Activ is a bed bug lure designed for use in combination with your passive bed bug monitor or trapping device. Activ’s goal is to attract bed bugs by slowly releasing an odor that simulates the chemicals found on the surface of our skin, one of the senses bed bugs use when looking for a potential host. The odor is introduced through a small tear on the packet, providing a controlled release that attracts bed bugs for up to 2-3 months.

Safety / Application

SenSci Activ Lure installation

Do not remove the towelette from its packaging or expose more than the instructions permit, as overexposure will lead to a shortened effective window.

Before handling an opened SenSci Activ Lure, you should be wearing a pair of nitrile gloves to avoid skin contact with the chemicals found inside. To ensure safe and effective usage, be sure to read and follow the products label and MSDS before opening the lure.

You can install SenSci Activ by tearing off the designated corner of the packet, exposing a portion of the towelette that’s located inside.

 

Once you have an open lure in your hand, place it inside your monitor (or intercepting) device and strategically put them on paths you believe bed bugs are using to reach you.

SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure with  ClimbUp Interceptor

Creating SenSci’s Activ Volcano

SenSci Volcano is a durable and reusable bed bug trap that was designed for use with SenSci Activ. The monitor features an easy to climb exterior and a detachable window for easy inspection and lure installation.

SenSci Activ Volcano Monitor

To use SenSci Activ with SenSci Volcano, simply open a SenSci Activ Lure by following the directions found on the label and place the opened packet on the center of Volcano’s inspection window. With the Activ lure in place, carefully attach Volcano’s window back in place and make sure that the active packet is not pinched between the monitor’s inspection window and the top.

SenSci Activ Lure UseSenSci Activ Volcano

 

 

 

 

 

 

When considering locations to place your Activ Volcano, begin by identifying all the areas bed bugs are likely to use as a path. Since bed bugs rely on edges and baseboards to orient them, some ideal places include:

  • Baseboards by your bed
  • Carpet edges
  • Next to the legs of furniture found near the bed
  • In the corners of a room

Wrap Up

SenSci Activ is an effective bed bug lure that can even be used in combination with our 4-step bed bug protocol. If you want to convert your passive bed bug monitor into an active one, SenSci has you covered with their versatile and easy to use bed bug lure. SenSci Activ is also compatible with most passive bed bug monitors and traps, allowing you to increase the effectiveness of almost any passive bed bug device.

SenSci activ bed bug lure (12 Pack)

Developed at Rutgers University, SenSci Activ is a bed bug lure designed to increase
the effectiveness of your trap (or monitoring device) by releasing an odor that
mimics chemicals found on the surface of the skin.
Our Price: $59.00
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Bed bug monitors and traps are essential tools in a bed bug treatment process. They can detect bed bug activity, monitor the population over time, and can even stop bed bugs from reaching you in your bed. Most monitors are designed for low cost, single use, and easy disposal, which can add up in cost […]

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SenSci Volcano Bed Bug Detector Review

Bed bug monitors and traps are essential tools in a bed bug treatment process. They can detect bed bug activity, monitor the population over time, and can even stop bed bugs from reaching you in your bed. Most monitors are designed for low cost, single use, and easy disposal, which can add up in cost over time. Recently, Jeff White (from BedBug Central) has introduced a new, more modern take on the bed bug monitor, with SenSci’s easy-to-use, discrete, and reusable Volcano.

SenSci Volcano Bed Bug Detector

SenSci Volcano Bed Bug Detector

SenSci Volcano is a new monitoring device that serves as a cost effective solution for detecting and capturing bed bugs. As a passive bed bug monitor, Volcano works by capturing bed bugs climbing over the device during the host seeking process, using the person sleeping in the room as the main attractant. The monitor can be used for early detection of bed bugs in a low-level situation, or to monitor a population, by simply placing Volcano along common paths bed bugs use to reach their host. Volcano’s sturdy design is built to handle the toughest of bed bug infestations and, unlike single-use devices, can be reused for endless monitoring cycles.

First look

Standing at 3x3x1 inches, Volcano’s low-profile size allows for use in almost any environment. It’s volcano-like design even prevents dust from building up on the walls found inside the trap, reducing the chance of bed bugs escaping.

  • The monitor’s exterior features 4  slanted and textured walls that allow bed bugs to climb up effortlessly once they encounter the monitor.
  • On the inside however, you’ll notice Volcano features a set of smooth, flat-faced walls designed to prevent bed bugs from escaping. 
  • Underneath you will find the detachable, clear, concave window for easy inspection, and lure installation.

 SenSci Volcano Bed Bug Detector setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volcano consists of only 2 pieces, making it easy to assemble. The only thing you need to check is the orientation of the monitor’s inspection window. Once installed, you should also be able to read “Made In USA”  from left to right.

Ideal places to use SenSci Volcano:

  • Along baseboards
  • Carpet edges
  • By the legs of beds/furniture
  • In the corners of a room

 SenSci-Placement-Location-1SenSci--Couch-Placement-Location

Inspecting Volcano

To inspect SenSci Volcano for bed bugs, simply pick up the monitor and tilt it enough to look through the clear window found underneath. Give special attention to the walls and corners of the monitor as these are common gathering spots for bed bugs.

If you find bed bugs in your trap, flip the monitor upside down over a sink or bathtub and tap it repetitively to ensure all it’s contents fall out. Inspect Volcano thoroughly before placing it back down for another cycle of monitoring.

If you don’t find bed bugs in your trap, you can place the monitor back down and check on it periodically.

Activ Volcano

SenSci Activ Volcano Monitor

Although SenSci Volcano works as a passive monitor, it can also be converted into an active monitor by equipping it with a synthetic attractant or lure like SenSci Activ Bed Bug Lure. Sensci Activ attracts bed bugs by simulating human sweat, which causes bed bugs to be actively drawn into the volcano where they can be collected and monitored.

To use SenSci Activ with SenSci Volcano, Simply open a SenSci Activ Lure (following the directions found on the label) and place the opened packet on the center of Volcano’s inspection window.

SenSci Activ Lure Volcano SenSci Activ Volcano

With the Activ lure in place, you can go ahead and snap the window back onto Volcano and make sure that the Activ packet is not pinched between the window and the top of Volcano.

Now you have successfully built an “ActivVolcano”,  and can place the discrete monitor along baseboards, and the legs of your bed, to catch bed bugs before they can get to you.

 

Wrap up

Volcano stands as a versatile passive bed bug monitor that can be reused for endless monitoring cycles to control dense bed bug populations, or to detect for early bed bug activity . This alone, can save families and business owners hundreds of dollars in replacing single-use lures. You even have the option of increasing the monitors effectiveness by converting it into an active bed bug monitor, by installing a SenSci Activ bed bug lure. You can include SenSci Volcano in our 4-step solution for getting rid of bed bugs, or use it by itself, to monitor for activity along any paths you believe bed bugs are using to reach you.

 

SenSci Volcano Bed bug detector

SenSci Volcano is an effective bed bug monitor that can be used in any setting thanks to its discreet low-profile design. You can also convert Volcano from a passive monitor to an active bed bug monitor, which can significantly increase the monitors effectiveness at attracting and capturing bed bugs.
Our Price: $54.00
SenSci Volcano
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JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus is a relatively new spray on the market harnessing the ability to kill unborn eggs and kill live bed bugs for up to 12 weeks. This has helped JT Eat Plus quickly become one of the most effective and widely used professional strength bed bug insecticide on the market. […]

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Jt Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus (residual) Review

JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus is a relatively new spray on the market harnessing the ability to kill unborn eggs and kill live bed bugs for up to 12 weeks. This has helped JT Eat Plus quickly become one of the most effective and widely used professional strength bed bug insecticide on the market.  Also, given it’s new formulation, there is no known bed bug resistance to Eaton Plus. In the following review we will discuss how and where to use the spray as well as how it works. Let’s have a closer look! 

Kills Bed Bugs Plus residual

Kills bed bug eggs!

Although killing live bed bugs currently occupying a room is an important first step, the unborn eggs laid in hidden cracks and crevices of the room are still going to hatch 6-17 days. Repopulation can be the most difficult battle you might face when going against bed bugs, which is why a good residual spray is important to any bed bug treatment.

 

Jt Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus

The formula in Kills Bed Bugs Plus consists of a water-based blend of synergized pyrethrins, PBO (an organic compound used in insecticides) , and permethrin, to obtain the best results against even the most resistant of bed bugs. Although the chemicals included in Kills Bed Bugs Plus are strong enough to take down the toughest of bed bugs, it is safe for use on hard surfaces and most water-safe fabrics.

 

What makes JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus so unique is the fact that it can actually kills unborn bed bug eggs.  This is something that 99% of all other professional grade bed bug sprays can’t do.  This is due to the active ingredients ability to permeate through the egg’s protective layer, killing the bed bug developing inside. If you’re wondering “what if I miss a few hidden eggs?”, don’t worry. The 12 weeks of residual protection gives bed bugs more than enough time to hatch and come in contact with the chemicals once they look for their first blood meal. 

APPLICATION AND USE

 Applying Kills Bed Bugs Plus

You can apply Kills Bed Bugs Plus to most hard surfaces and water-safe fabrics such as:

  • Baseboards (along edges and behind)
  • Seams and folds of mattresses
  • Moldings
  • Carpet edges
  • Boxsprings or other wooden furnitures.

 Refer to the label for a full list

When treating fabrics, it recommended that you test Kill Bed Bugs Plus on a small surface area before doing a full treatment. This way you will know if the fabric dyes are going to be affected by the chemicals. Also, be sure to spray until the material is damp and allow for it to dry completely before coming in contact with it.

Remember to always read and follow the product’s label, and msds, to ensure safe and effective usage.

Overall JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus is a great value offering one of the most effective spray formulation for beds on the market. Because of this, we use it for one of the residual cocktail sprays in our bed bug kit. As with all the sprays and powders we offer at Bed Bug Supply, Jt Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus is labeled and registered with the EPA. If you have any questions we are here 7-days a week to serve you at (866) 238-9868.

 

Jt Eatons Kills Bed Bugs Plus

Kills Bed Bugs Plus is the latest spray by JT Eaton offering up to 12 weeks of residual protection in a convenient aerosol form. It’s non-staining water-based formulation can be applied to hard surfaces and most water-safe fabrics. (always read and follow the products label for safe and effective usage)
Our Price: $14.95
JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus
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Want protection that really lasts? Using a high-tech polymer that was originally developed for a different market, Bayer has created scientific approach to residual protection. By coating polymer onto the active ingredient (Deltamethrin crystals), Bayer developed a controlled release system that provides a full 90 days of residual protection from over 50 household nuisances. In […]

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Suspend Polyzone Insecticide Review

Want protection that really lasts? Using a high-tech polymer that was originally developed for a different market, Bayer has created scientific approach to residual protection. By coating polymer onto the active ingredient (Deltamethrin crystals), Bayer developed a controlled release system that provides a full 90 days of residual protection from over 50 household nuisances. In the long run, this means less required applications resulting in cost savings. Let’s now explore how it works.

 

Bayer’s research department first experimented with many types of polymers to include into their formula for a longer lasting residual. When they noticed that most didn’t quite cut it, they turned to look into their existing polymers and found one that addressed some of the common challenges met by insecticides today. Surfaces such as wood and mulch absorb insecticides, making their active ingredients unavailable for pests to come in contact with it. Cement, on the other hand, contains a high alkaline surface that can accelerate the rate in which active ingredients break down. With a polymer coating, the Deltamethrin crystals now adhere themselves on to even the most porous and rough-faced of surfaces (allowing them to stay where applied.) The polymer coat also acts as a shield that protects the crystals from weathering, irrigation, and mechanical abrasion. This, in turn, greatly reduces the amount of chemicals being carried away from the targeted area. As much as 92.5% on tile, and 74.3% on concrete (when compared to a leading microcap formulation.) The added shield doubles it’s function by slowly exposing more of the Deltamethrin particles, as the polymer coat erodes over time.

Bayer Suspend Polyzone residual Insecticide

Suspend Polyzone, a residual Insecticide by Bayer

 

The controlled exposure Suspend Polyzone  leads to an extended efficacy window. A full 90 days of protection from over 50 different kinds of invertebrates — 30% more than standard microcaps. Suspend Polyzone also offers a more even distribution of the active ingredients than ever possible by the leading microcap solution, ensuring that a treated area will be well fortified against any incoming intruders. Thankfully, this formulation is safe enough not to damage plants, paints, fabrics, or other surfaces where water alone causes no damage.

Ansell Sol-Vex 37-175 chemical resistant nitrile safety gloves

Ansell Sol-Vex chemical resistant nitrile gloves

Application/Safety

  • Eye/Face Protection: Tight-fitting Safety Goggles
  • Hand Protection: Chemical resistant nitrile rubber gloves
  • Body Protection: Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, shoes, and long socks to avoid skin contact
Suspend Polyzone SureSpray Sprayer

Use a pressurized continuous action sprayer to apply concentrated chemicals.

Since Suspend Polyzone is a concentrated chemical, a continuous action sprayer is required for application. For demonstration purposes, we will use the SureSpray 1 Gallon Sprayer, featured on our website.

 

  • Step one: Fill half the container’s capacity with water
  • Step two: Measure the appropriate portion and add it to the container.
  • Step three: Shake well for an even distribution
  • Step four: Open the container once more and fill the remaining capacity slowly, to avoid spills. Once closed, give it one last shake before applying.

 

SureSpray pressurized 1 Gal Sprayer

Be sure to close your container tightly

 

 

When we first heard about Suspend Polyzone,  the entire office wanted to find out how well these features work in the real-world. Charlie Asberry,  a service manager of All-Rite Pest Control in Lexington, Ky., claims he had 4 callbacks after 150 applications compared to 23 callbacks with a different pyrethroid product.

Suspend Polyzone can be purchased online at bedbugsupply.com. When battling the evolving world of insects, put the science of Suspend® Polyzone® to work for you. Remember to always read and follow the product’s label, and msds, to ensure safe and effective usage.

Pests controlled

Ants, bed bugs, boxelder bugs, brown marmorated stink bugs, carpenter ants, carpet beetles, centipedes, clothes moths, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, firebrats, fleas, flies, fruit flies, gnats, hornets, millipedes, moths, multi-colored Asian lady beetles, pillbugs, scorpions, silverfish, spiders, ticks, wasps, yellow jackets and more. Refer to the label for a full list.

Suspend Polyzone (residual)

Suspend Polyzone features a polymer coating that protects the active ingredient from weather and irrigation. This controlled release formulation, ensures your treatment will continue to control targeted pests for up to 90 days outdoors.
Our Price:
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Scared of bed bugs coming to your home? We already knew you weren’t alone in worrying, but now you have science to back you up. The next time someone calls you paranoid for checking your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, remind them that bed bugs are the pest renters would least like to […]

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Bed Bugs Rated “Most Feared Pest” by Apartment Renters

Bed Bugs Voted "Most Feared" in New Survey

Scared of bed bugs coming to your home? We already knew you weren’t alone in worrying, but now you have science to back you up. The next time someone calls you paranoid for checking your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, remind them that bed bugs are the pest renters would least like to see, according to a new survey by Orkin.

The nasty blood-suckers took up 39% of the vote, putting them way ahead of rodents at 28%, cockroaches at 26%, and a wide range of other pests like ants, flies, spiders, and stink bugs. Part of the fear may be the result of uncertainty at how landlords might address a bed bug problem: only 17% of surveyed renters reported having a bed bug policy in place. Landlords can’t take all of the blame for bed bugs spreading, of course – according to the survey, 40% of apartment pest sightings go unreported, and 60% of renters will look for a new place to live if pest issues recur.

Bed bugs are everywhere nowadays. About 1 in 5 Americans either have bed bugs or recently had them, and infestations are being reported every day in all 50 states. They are most commonly found in urban environments, and especially in apartments or multi-family buildings; however, suburban and rural areas are not immune, and bed bugs don’t discriminate based on cleanliness or social status.

If you weren’t scared when you started the article, you probably are a little scared now. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can reduce the chances of bringing an uninvited blood-sucking guest into your home:

  • Use ClimbUp Interceptors and SafeRest mattress covers to secure your bed from invading bed bugs. These will stop bed bugs from crawling up the legs of your bed, and will cut off common hiding places along the seams and folds of your mattress and box spring.
  • Thoroughly inspect your hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs, and report anything you find to the hotel management.
  • Don’t put your luggage on the bed or carpet of a hotel room. Instead, leave your luggage in the car or in the bath tub.
  • Use a portable bed bug heater to treat your luggage and other belongings when you come home from traveling.

For the full Orkin survey, check out this PDF. To learn more about preventing bed bugs while at home or on the go, check out our complete bed bug prevention guide.

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