Are chemicals used for bed bug treatments harmful to my health?

No, They are not, as long as you follow the label’s safety instructions that are federal regulations.

When my unit (or home) is being treated, how long should I wait before re-entering my home?

If your home is being treated, you must leave it for at least 4 hours after treatment begins.  It is recommended that you remain outside your home for the length of treatment.  Make other arrangements for the day (ex. stay with friends or relatives, run errands).

People with respiratory issues (who have trouble breathing), pregnant women and newborns under 18 months of age should remain outside the home for 12 hours after treatment is completed.

Will there be an odour after my unit is treated?

This depends on the chemical, and kind of treatment being used.  If a contact residual treatment is used, there is little or no odour.  If an aerosol treatment is used, there will likely be an odour.

What types of diseases could I get from bed bugs?

NONE.  Bed bugs do not spread diseases.

Why is it that I get bitten but my husband does not and we both sleep in the same area?

Everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites.  There is a wide range of reactions, from no reaction to itchy red bumps.

What are some examples of bed bug bites?

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Why do some pest control companies use chemical treatment instead of heat treatment?

Heat treatment involves more work, time and money.  Depending on the type of building (ex. high rise apartment, multi-dwelling units), it could be impossible to stop an infestation from happening again.  The difference between using chemicals and using heat is that chemical treatment is done once or twice around the suite.  Heat treatment is more expensive and more immediate.

Both methods can be effective if tenants or homeowners do their part (vacuum, steam, visual inspections).

What bylaws are related to bed bug issues or complaints?

If the City of Winnipeg’s Health Department gets a complaint that a landlord is not treating for bed bugs, a notice is served to the landlord.  The notice requires that the landlord hire a pest control company, with a good reputation, to treat for bed bugs.  If the landlord does not heed the notice, he or she can be fined. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a tenant, please contact the Bed Bug Provincial Information Hotline at 1-855-362-2847 or email at bedbugs@gov.mb.ca for further help.

Why can’t I use store-bought chemicals to treat my home for bed bugs?

There are health concerns about inhaling chemicals used for bed bug self-treatment if the instructions on the label are not followed exactly.  This is why it is best left to a qualified professional.  As well, when treating for bed bugs, licensed pest-management professionals use different methods depending on the type of dwelling (ex. multi-unit apartment or single family home).

What can I do to prevent bed bugs in my home?

There are many things you can do.  Some examples are vacuuming, drying clothes for 20 to 30 minutes on your dryer’s high heat setting and using mattress covers.  To learn more prevention measures, please see some of the other articles on the web site.

What kinds of financial programs are available for people dealing with bed bug issues?

The Provincial Bed Bug Strategy has a Bed Bug Grant program that provides assistance to community organisations on bed bug education, treatment, management and prevention.  Community-based, non-profit organisations are eligible to apply for financial assistance, in the form of a grant, to a maximum of $2000.

The Bug N Scrub program provides services to help you prepare for a bed bug treatment in your home.  These services include furniture moving, general cleaning, laundry and reducing/removing clutter.  The Bug N Scrub team also returns to your home or apartment after the treatment is complete to put things back in order.  These services are free to those who meet the eligibility requirements.

For more information on these programs, go to http://www.gov.mb.ca/bedbugs, call 1-855-362-2847 or email bedbugs@gov.mb.ca.

Do I have to be living within Manitoba Housing to receive Bug N Scrub supports?

No. Bug N Scrub supports and services are available to all Manitobans who meet the eligibility requirements.

What kinds of materials are available to prevent bed bugs?

Through the Low Cost Preventative Bed Bug Materials Program, qualifying organisations can buy a variety of affordable, preventative items items directly.  Items sold through this program include:

  -bed bug mattress/box spring covers

  -pillow covers

  -dissolvable laundry bags

  -various insect/interceptor traps and monitors

If your organisation would like to gain access to this program, call 1-855-3mb-bugs or email bedbugs@gov.mb.ca for more information.

If you are interested in obtaining preventative items individually, you can buy them at Neechi Commons, located at 865 Main Street during regular business hours.

Can I take bed bugs home with me if I visit a public place?

Yes.  Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can be found in places/areas where people sit and sleep for long periods of time.

How can I protect myself from taking bed bugs home with me?

Here are some valuable tips:

1. Wash your clothes according to regular instructions, but dry them on a medium-to-high-heat dryer setting if possible.  If you’re concerned about ‘dry clean only’ items and you think you may have been in contact with bed bugs- empty out the pockets, turn the cuffs inside out and shake the clothing vigorously (outside the home), as bed bugs cannot grab on to things.

2. If you do not have a bed bug infestation, regular cleaning, vacuuming and de-cluttering of your living space play an important role in preventing any future infestations.

3.If  you are concerned about possible bed bugs, a monthly inspection of any sleeping/sitting areas could be done to make sure there are no signs of a bed bug infestation.  For example, bed bug monitors and/or sticky traps are some tools you can use, but looking closely at the area yourself is most effective.  For more information on the signs to look for when inspecting for bed bugs, see the Information section of this web site.

4. If you are entering or exiting a place that could possibly have bed bug activity (ex. movie theatre, taxi)- once you have left the area, stamp your feet, shake out any loose clothing or jackets and brush off your pants and shirts.

 

 

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