Are you moving? Watch out for bedbugs

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, 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.

General advice

  • 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 schedules.

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 vacuum cleaner.
  • Place your clothing, bedding and curtains in hermitically sealed plastic bags.

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.

About bedbugs
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 visit


For further information:

Sources: Direction de l'habitation
Ville de Montréal

Information: François Goneau
Division des affaires publiques
514 868-5859


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