“Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite” isn’t just a nursery rhyme anymore. Across North America, bed bugs are becoming a greater nuisance to homeowners, apartment renters, hotel visitors and landlords.
Bed bugs don’t discriminate – they can affect anyone regardless of income, ethnicity or gender. Unlike some other pests that are attracted to food spills, garbage or dirty areas, bed bugs have nothing to do with cleanliness. Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that we exhale and feed only on blood. If you breathe and have blood – they are attracted to you.
“Retail pesticides and do-it-yourself solutions found on the internet are not effective, and often make things worse” said Terry Quinn who manages Hamilton’s community response to bed bugs. “Bed bugs spread rapidly, and starting the right treatment early is the best way to beat the bugs. If you own your own home, call a licensed pest control company. If you rent, contact your landlord immediately.”
Landlords are legally required to treat infested apartments for bed bugs, but unfortunately don’t always know what other steps they should take to help get rid of this growing pest. The City has developed a ½ day workshop for landlords that give information about practical things they can do to effectively treat for bed bugs in multi-unit dwellings. Hamilton’s approach has attracted praise from the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario – who is now working to provide similar information to its members across the province.
Hamilton residents can learn about bed bugs, how to prevent them and what to do if you find signs of bed bugs by visiting www.Hamilton.ca/bedbugs.
Landlords can register for a free bed bug workshop for Hamilton landlords at http://bit.ly/2ne8FBn. Landlords can learn about their pest control responsibilities for bed bugs and other common pests by visiting www.Hamilton.ca/pestslandlord.