What Can I Do If I Have Bed Bugs In My Apartment Or Home?
Consult with your landlord, building manager, local Public Health Unit or a pest control professional to confirm that you have bed bugs.
Use a nozzle attachment on the vacuum to remove live adult bed bugs and immature bed bugs (called nymphs) and their eggs. Vacuum all crevices on your mattress, bed frame, baseboards and any objects close to the bed. It is essential to vacuum daily and empty the vacuum bag immediately or seal it and place it in the freezer for several days. Wash all your clothing, bed sheets, blankets, mattress pads, pillows and their cases in the hottest water possible and place them in a hot dryer for 30 minutes. Consider covering your pillows and mattress with a bed bug cover.
Remove all unnecessary clutter. Seal cracks and crevices between baseboards, on wood bed frames, floors and walls with caulking. Repair or remove peeling wallpaper, tighten loose light switch covers, and seal any openings where pipes, wires or other utilities come into your home (pay special attention to walls that are shared between apartments). Dispose of infested items that cannot be cleaned and get rid of clutter. Seal all items tightly in a plastic garbage bag and discard in a clearly labelled outside container.
Should I Use A Pest Control Company?
Bed bug control requires an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that includes proper preparation and inspection, identification and housekeeping. This will ensure the risk of pesticide exposure is minimized, the environment is protected, and the effectiveness of the treatment is maximized.
Getting rid of bed bug infestations usually requires the use of pesticides. Only professionals should apply pesticides for bed bugs. Foggers and bug bombs are not effective against them. We are licensed professionals who can help you solve your bed bug problems.
Bed Bug Treatment
Our bed bug treatment consists of a first and second treatment. Why the second treatment you ask? Bed bug eggs hatch in 7-10 days, therefore we wouldn’t want you to have to deal with any leftover bugs. Once we are finished treating the unit the tenant must remain out for 4 hours. In preparation for a treatment the tenant needs to:
- Empty night tables
- Empty all dressers
- Put clothes and linens in garbage bags
- Pull all furniture six inches away from the walls
Full Preparation and Treatment
Pesticide Application Only
A pesticide application consists of a technician coming in and treating all the furniture, door frames, baseboards and bathroom with a residual insecticide. We also remove faceplates in order to dust and dust any gaps along the baseboards.
In recent years Ontario and other Canadian provinces and territories have seen an increase in the number of bed bug reports. It is possible for anyone, anywhere to experience a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are small biting insects that multiply quickly and travel easily. Bed bugs can be prevented and controlled. The sooner everyone responds, the more successful we will be at controlling this pest.
Learn how to prevent and identify bed bugs by taking look at the informational flyer and visit bedbugsinfo.ca for more information