Exterminator Bed bug

Bed bugs are tiny parasitic insects with flat oval shaped bodies and are 1 to 5 mm long. Their color varies from gray to reddish brown. The abdomen represents the largest portion of the total size of the body and the head has two lateral antennae.

A female bed bug can lay between 1 and 5 eggs per day and up to 500 eggs during her lifespan. Eggs hatch after 7 to 12 days, depending on environmental conditions. Adult bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding on blood.

Bed bugs are undesirable parasites that stay hidden during daytime in cracks and crevices in bedroom walls and furniture or close to mattress seams. They come out at night to feed on the blood of unsuspecting victims.

Lately, bed bugs have literally invaded the province. Bed bug bites can leave itchy rashes. They may also leave their droppings and blood stains on the bed and pillows.

Bites on the skin similar to mosquito bites together with itching can be signs of the presence of bed bugs. Other signs of bed bug infestation are black spots on the seams of the bed and blood stains on the bed and pillows.

  • Remove all bedding and pillows and wash them with warm water and dry them on high heat. Then put them in an airtight bag.
  • Lean mattresses and box springs up against the wall. Disassemble the bed frame. If you decide to dispose of your old mattress and box spring, do not remove the plastic overlays of your new bed set until the infestation is completely eradicated.
  • Empty all drawers, bedside tables, cabinets, closets and other places near the bed and put all the contents into bags or sealed containers. Clean everything, including clothing.
  • Vacuum the floor, cracks in the mattress, bed frame, box spring, the baseboard and the objects in the vicinity of the bed and chair. Discard the vacuum bag in an airtight bag out of the house immediately afterwards.
  • Plan to leave your home for the duration of the treatment and return only after 4 hours. Wherever possible, open windows for 20 minutes upon your return. It is also important to not walk barefoot on treated areas for 48 hours after treatment.

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The situation in Quebec

Bed bugs were eradicated from North America and Western Europe between 1950 and 1970, but have now made a comeback to become a major crisis.

In the province of Quebec, the Montreal area is particularly affected by this infestation to the point where the city had to use exceptional measures to fight against this parasite. These measures include, among others, the obligation of dealing with pest control specialists in case of infestation, and the mandatory submission of reports from exterminators to generate a database. Consequently, according to a study made in 2010, more than 2.7% homes on the island of Montreal were affected by bed bugs. The figures for 2013 to date are 2.2%, which allows us to believe that the measures being taken against bedbugs are positive.

Regrettably, the battle against this pest is far from over because bedbugs continue to proliferate, especially in multi-unit dwellings. Lately, the infestation has spread to public places such as senior centers, hospitals, libraries and businesses.

The South Shore of Montreal is no exception to this incursion, according to the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie; the number of apartment buildings and private homes infested with bedbugs is increasing.

A problem such as bedbugs, if detected early, can be resolved quickly. Cases of infestations are most often caused by owners that did not contact an exterminator.

Precautions against bed bugs

Bed bugs infestation

An infestation of bed bugs does not stem from the occupant’s lack of hygiene, therefore anyone can be a victim. While this parasite can be found at home due to a number of circumstances, it is most often caused when acquiring used furniture, used clothing, moving to a new home or upon returning from a trip. Here is a great list of precautions that can greatly reduce the chances of a bed bug infestation (you can also check out our infographic "Prevention against the 8 harmful critters most commonly found in Québec"):

  • Protect both the mattress and box spring in an anti-bedbug mattress cover. These sealed covers protect your mattress from bed bugs that can render it unsanitary.
  • Purchase bed bug traps. This inexpensive product can be attached under the legs of the bed and can not only prevent bed bugs from getting to your mattress, but can also be used as a method of detecting their presence.
  • Take the time to regularly inspect places that bed bugs prefer such as cracks, crevices in walls or furniture in the bedroom or areas near the seams of the mattress. The sooner a bed bug problem is detected, the easier it is to control.
  • Repair all cracks and holes in walls or floors, tears in wallpaper or damaged furniture as well as keeping your bedroom as tidy as possible to minimize the spread of the parasite in its preferred spots.
  • Good housekeeping habits are important. Vacuuming around the bedroom, including under the bed, and regularly washing your bed linen.
  • If you buy used clothes, place them in a sealed plastic bag. Then, upon arrival at home, empty the bag of clothing directly into the dryer and spin for at least 30 minutes in the heat cycle. Dispose of the plastic bag outside the home immediately.
  • Avoid taking furniture or used mattresses that were left in the street.
  • Do not hesitate to contact your exterminator at AJS Extermination for advice.

Advice for travelers

Advice for travelers against bed bugs

Considering that Canadians in general love to travel, we are particularly at risk of unknowingly bringing bed bugs in our home because they can easily hide in our bagages, clothes or other personal item. It is important to realize that bed bugs can not only dwell in our hotel room, but also in transport buses, taxis and private homes.

Of course, bed bugs are not found in all tourist areas. In fact, few travelers are affected during their trip. However, the risk is real and it is important to plan accordingly to prevent being among the ever growing number of Canadians who are victims of bed bug infestations at home. Here are some tips to lower the risks:

Precautions before and during the journey

  • Bring clothing that can be washed in hot water for your trip.
  • Use luggage that is made of a solid coating rather than canvas or cloth to reduce the space where the bugs could penetrate.
  • Avoid placing your bags on the floor upon arrival to your destination; rather, place them on a shelf or desk.
  • Do not put your personal belongings in closets or in drawers. Instead, keep them in your luggage and wrap your luggage in a plastic wrap. Keep your luggage closed.
  • Inspect the room and all the crevices of the mattress and box spring for live bed bugs or signs of their presence (blood stains and excrement spots). Request a different room if you find bed bugs.
  • Protect the bed be moving it away from the wall, tuck the sheets in and keep blankets from touching the ground.
  • Use plastic bags to protect items bought abroad or to quarantine an object that has been exposed to a risk of infestation.
  • Before leaving the hotel, check all your belongings, including shoes.

Precautions when returning home

  • Upon arrival, unpack your suitcases outside the home (for example, in the garage) and inspect your belongings.
  • Put all washable clothing in the washer immediately and wash at the hottest water temperature possible. Then dry the clothing at a high temperature for 40 minutes.
  • Dispose of the plastic bags in the trash. If necessary, spay the empty suitcases with pyrethrin-based insecticide (pyrethroid).
  • Other objects that are placed in the freezer should remain there for at least 72 hours to kill any insect that may be present.

Appartement tenant's responsabilities

  • Notify the building owner as soon as you see bed bugs.
  • Never try to resolve the issue on his own.
  • Don't move matresses, objects or furniture in the building's common areas. Don't throw them on the side road either. What cannot be treated must be considered unusable to avoid being retrieved elsewhere and progagate the infestation.
  • Fully cooperate with the exterminator by granting him access to every room, by clearing your appartement before he arrives and by following his instructions during and after treatment.
  • To avoid another infestation, follow the advice under the "Prevention" and "Advice for travelers" tabs.

Appartement building owner's responsabilities

  • As soon as he has been notified of a bed bug infestation, he must quickly begin appropriate steps by calling a qualified exterminator.
  • Never try to resolve the issue on his own.
  • Fully cooperate with the exterminator by granting him access to every room in the building, by clearing common areas before he arrives and by following his instructions during and after treatment.
  • Make sure the exterminator returns for a second visit.
  • Make sure every crack in building appartements are sealed. If bed bugs return, remove all carpets and wallpapers.

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