Abell Urges Other Governments to Crack Down on Bed Bugs

TORONTO, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - Abell Pest Control, a Canadian leader in pest control, is commending the Ontario government for investing $5 million to battle bedbugs in Ontario. It's also urging other governments across Canada to join Ontario by investing in public awareness campaigns.

"We've seen a huge increase in reports of bed bug infestations, not just in Ontario, but right across Canada," said John Abell, President of Abell Pest Control. "This is a national problem that deserves a national strategy and solution. We hope other provinces will follow Ontario's lead."

Abell Pest Control will be sharing its bed bug expertise at a special meeting of the National Pest Management Association later this month in Montreal. The meeting has been called to deal with the growing concern about bed bug infestations. Abell also told the recent Bed Bug Summit hosted by the Ontario Government that education is the best defence in controlling and eliminating bed bugs.

"Five years ago we received about 350 calls a year about bed bugs," Abell added. "We are now fielding thousands of calls from across Canada." This is a serious problem that isn't going away. That's why public education and awareness is so important."

Abell has had tremendous success in controlling bed bug infestations, with a 95 per cent success rate after the first visit. A single adult 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. 

"There's no question that education is the best defence," Abell added. "We're pleased to be working with the Ontario government to better educate and protect the public, and offer our services when needed to eliminate bed bugs."

Abell Pest Control is the first pest control provider in Canada to offer free online training for businesses and homeowners. It's practical knowledge that could save businesses their reputation, and provide the public with peace of mind.  Abell's training program cautions the public that that the only way to get rid of bed bugs is to contact a professional.

A national COMPAS Research study commissioned by Abell shows 92 per cent of industry experts believe that public training to identify and monitor bed bug infestation is crucial in controlling and eliminating bed bugs.  The survey also found that 91 per cent of those questioned believe staff training for businesses is critical to keeping bed bug populations in check.

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:

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
(c) 416-500-0699
danna@playbookcommunications.com

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