MONTREAL, June 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Bedbugs have reappeared in most
large North American cities, including Montréal. The moving period is
the time of year when bedbugs can spread more easily, which is why the
Ville de Montréal would like to give you helpful tips taken from the
website avoidbedbugs.info, to prevent infestation with these insect pests.
Each step of a move may carry its share of risk of bringing you in
contact with bedbugs, whether leaving your old apartment, moving your
furniture and belongings or settling in your new home. So practice good
prevention habits and follow these helpful tips.
Avoid picking up mattresses, upholstered furniture, sofas, sofa-beds or
armchairs and futons from the curb, even if they appear to be in good
condition, because they could be infested with bedbugs.
If you discover bedbugs in your apartment, notify your building owner or
manager who will call an exterminator.
Never try to get rid of bedbugs by yourself. The use of toxic products
can be harmful to your health. These products can also make bedbugs
more resistant to insecticides and pesticides.
When leaving an infested apartment
Most bedbug infested mattresses and upholstered furniture can be
treated. Before getting rid of them at the curb, consult a qualified
exterminator. If they cannot be treated, make them unusable by slashing
the fabric with a knife or utility knife to make sure that no one will
be tempted to pick them up and spread the infestation.
You can also place an infested mattress that you have made unusable in a
plastic bag to avoid infestation in the building.
Call 311 to learn more about garbage, furniture or bulky item pickup
Hire the right mover
Before signing a contract with a moving firm, ask how they prevent the
spread of bedbugs. When you rent a moving truck, inspect them
thoroughly before moving your furniture. Sweep with a broom or use a
Place your clothing, bedding and curtains in hermitically sealed plastic
When you move into your new apartment
Inspect your new apartment closely before moving in your furniture and
other belongings. Bedbugs hide during the day and come out at night.
So, inspecting cracks, crevices and mouldings in bedrooms with a
flashlight is very important.
Vacuum everywhere, especially the bedrooms. Throw away the dust bag
outdoors in a hermetically sealed plastic bag.
Place clothing, bedding and curtains into the dryer and run for 30
minutes at the hottest setting to kill the bedbugs and their eggs.
If you discover bedbugs in your apartment, notify the building owner or
manager immediately so that he may call a certified exterminator. Never
try to get rid of the bedbugs by yourself.
Bedbugs are flat, oval-shaped, brownish and wingless insects 4 to 7 mm
long. Before feeding, an adult bedbug is approximately the size of an
apple seed. Bedbugs do not fly or hop. They move around by walking, are
not attracted by light and feed on human blood at night. During the day
they hide along the seams of mattresses and box springs, or anywhere
they can hide easily.
For more information on bedbugs and how to avoid infestations, please
SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL
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| Sources: || Direction de l'habitation |
Ville de Montréal
| Information: || François Goneau |
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