MONTREAL, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - As the city of Montreal gets set to
consider a plan Monday to help control bed bugs, Abell Pest Control is
suggesting the city's "solution" may make a growing problem worse.
The city's plan involves a series of measures to document bed bug
infestations in residential buildings, including mandatory reporting of
exterminations by pest control companies.
"Stigma is the reason people don't come forward in the first place,"
said John Abell, President of Abell Pest Control. "Requiring companies
to report bed bug exterminations will make the public more anxious and
reluctant to call in a professional, creating an even bigger problem by
A single bed bug can turn into 1,000 adults in a little over two months,
making it critical to recognize the problem and respond quickly before
it turns into a full blown infestation. Six years ago bed bug calls
into Abell's Montreal branch were almost nonexistent. Now it receives
hundreds of calls and online inquiries each month.
"Education is the best defense in controlling bed bugs, so the public
knows what to look for and how to respond quickly," said Roger Fogain,
a Ph.D. in entomology, and technical support specialist at Abell in
Montreal. "That's where the resources and focus should be, especially
now, with one of the biggest moving days of the year coming up for
residents and bed bugs."
Abell has shared its expertise with governments across Canada, as well
as regional medical health officers. Abell supports the work of health
officials, researchers and policy makers who will be discussing the
impact of bed bugs at the upcoming Canadian Public Health Association
2011 conference in Montreal from June 19 to 22.
"We've seen too many people completely distraught over bed bugs," added
Abell. It's a huge public health issue so we're pleased it's on the
conference agenda. Prevention is all about education at every level."
Abell Pest Control is the first pest control provider in Canada to offer
free online training for business 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:
Ph. D. Entomologist,
Abell Montreal Technical Support Specialist
Abell Montreal Branch Manager
Jacques C. Gagnon