Bed Bug Control

Bed bug, Cimex lectularius

Although generally not considered dangerous, bed bugs are a nuisance and need to be kept out of your home. Here are some tips to help you prevent bed bugs and to get rid of them.

  • Know what to look for. Adult bed bugs are small, about the size on an apple seed, and tan or reddish-brown in colour. They can be found around beds and any furniture used for sleeping. They may be in the mattress seams, box springs, headboards, and behind baseboards. They leave dark spots from droppings and small bloodstains if they are crushed.
  • If you find bed bugs, report them to your Site Manager immediately. You cannot be evicted for reporting these bugs. It is important that your Site Manager know as soon as possible so that they can arrange for proper treatment. If they come back later, let your Site Manager know again. Do not try to treat the infestation yourself.
  • Vacuum your home, including baseboards, furniture, bed frames, mattresses and box springs regularly. Seal the vacuum bags with tape or in a plastic bag and remove them from your home right away.
  • Wash your clothes and bedding in hot water. Dry them in a hot dryer for at least 45 minutes. The heat will kill the bugs. Do not overfill the washer or dryer.
  • Keep your bed away from the walls and nightstands. Put bed bug proof covers on your mattresses and box springs. Use double sided tape or bed bug interceptors around the feet of your bed. Mattress covers and interceptors may be purchased from pest control companies or mattress stores.
  • Follow all instructions the Site Manager or the pest control operator gives you to prepare before a chemical spray treatment or heat treatment of your home.
  • Follow all instructions for after the treatment as well.
  • Never bring used mattresses or furniture that you find in the alley or by a garbage bin into your home.
  • Be very careful to inspect any used items you buy at a second hand shop or get from friends or family. If they appear to have bed bugs, don't take them.
  • If you travel, check your luggage and belongings when you return home.
  • When taking infested mattresses or other furniture out of your home, seal them in a large plastic bag. Tape a sign to the bag that says, "Infested with bed bugs". Do not donate or re-sell anything infested with bed bugs.

Thank you for your assistance! Site Managers and pest control operators cannot control this problem without your help.

Related Information

Control of Bed Bugs Tip Sheet

Sample Notice to Tenant of Treatment

Bed Bug Fumigation Prep Sheet

Bed Bug Heat Treatment Sheet

Treatment Follow-up Sheet


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