Manitoba Must Move Faster on Bed Bugs

MANITOBA, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Abell Pest Control is urging the Manitoba government to act now to prevent the spread of bed bugs.

"Bed bugs are moving far faster in Manitoba than any government action plan," said John Abell, President of Abell Pest Control. "Given how quickly bed bugs spread, we can't afford to wait any longer."

A single bed bug can turn into 1,000 adults in about two months, making it critical to recognize and respond quickly before the problem turns into a full blown infestation.

"Bed bugs aren't restricted to any specific buildings or areas of Manitoba," said Shaun Jeffrey, Abell's Manitoba Manager. "We've seen a 400 per cent increase in reports of bed bug infestations right across the province, in homes, hotels, and businesses of all kinds. Bed bugs spread anywhere."

Six years ago, Abell received a few calls a month about bed bugs in Manitoba. Last year it received more than 2,800 inquiries across the province.

Abell Pest Control is urging the Manitoba government to follow Ontario's lead by investing in a public awareness campaign. Abell believes that education is the best defence and is sharing its bed bug expertise at a meeting of the Assiniboine School of Agriculture in Brandon on March 10th. The meeting has been called to deal with growing concerns about bed bug infestations. Abell also provided advice on bed bug prevention at a recent Quebec conference and at last year's Bed Bug Summit hosted by the Ontario government.

"We'd be pleased to assist the Manitoba government with a bed bug strategy," Abell added. "Bed bugs are a serious issue that aren't going away. The reality is, the longer we wait, the worse the problem gets."

Abell Pest Control is the first pest control provider in Canada to offer free online training for businesses and homeowners. To learn more about Abell's bed bug training and prevention program visit: www.freebedbugtraining.com

Abell Pest Control is a Canadian leader in pest control, offering Canadian businesses and homeowners effective, safe and dependable pest control services since 1924.

SOURCE Abell Pest Control

For further information:

Shaun Jeffrey
Manitoba Manager, Abell Pest Control,
cell: 204-292-2260
sjeffrey@abellgroup.com

Michael Heimbach
Director of Marketing & Communications
Abell Pest Control
416 675-1635 ext 3346
Cell: 416-561-9863
mheimbach@abellgroup.com

Danna O'Brien
Playbook Communications
cell: 416-500-0699
danna@playbookcommunications.com


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