One of the most frequent questions I am asked is: “whose responsibility is it to treat my home for bed bugs?”  Here is what the Province of Manitoba’s website has to say on the subject:

 

  • If you own your own home, you are responsible for getting rid of bed bugs.
  • If you rent, the landlord must take care of an infestation of bed bugs. In order to get rid of bed bugs, the landlord and tenant must work together. The landlord will arrange for an exterminator and tell the tenant when the exterminator is coming and how to prepare the rental unit for extermination. It is very important that tenants follow the landlord’s instructions on how to prepare their unit before and after the treatment. Tenants must allow the exterminator into their rental unit to complete the extermination.
  • Renters concerned about bed bugs can call 1-855-3MB-BUGS (1-855-362-2847) or email bedbugs@gov.mb.ca
  • The Pest Hotline will provide information over the phone about bed bug identification and what is needed to treat the infestation and prevent it from coming back.
  • If necessary, the Inspector will conduct a site visit (determined on a case by case basis).
  • The Inspector may contact landlords, building management and pest control professionals to ensure proper treatment is taking place.
  • In severe infestations, Public Health Inspectors may contact external agencies to help clients with special needs get the necessary assistance to properly clean, de-clutter and prepare the unit for treatment.
  • If it becomes necessary, the Public Health Inspector may issue a legal notice or Health Hazard Order under The Public Health Act to ensure clean-up and pest control treatment is completed.

 

If you are having trouble navigating landlord/tenant relations or are in need of assistance in dealing with an uncooperative landlord or tenant, feel free to give me a call or send me an email at 204-774-7005 ext 109 or bedbug.prevention@dmsmca.ca

 

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