Welcome to the Bed bugs Winnipeg prevention and extermination guide. According to the CBC News the city is having an unusually large bed bug problem. One bed bug exterminator in the region indicated that service calls are up 30%. The insects have been discovered in Winnipeg daycare centers and theaters.
On this site you can learn about all of the bed bug resources available to you in the Winnipeg area. In general, apartment renters are not responsible for treating a bed bug infestation. By law, the landlord or building manager is responsible. Tenants are only obligated to follow the landlords directions, such as when to allow an exterminator into an apartment.
Home owners are responsible for treating their own infestations. Manitoba does maintain a "Bug N Scrub" program where vulnerable persons
can apply for help such as moving furniture, laundry service, and
general cleaning. You can apply by completing this assessment
form (PDF Download).
According to Manitoba Health, Family Service and
Housing, bed bugs are a problem in approximately 101 buildings with 95%
of homes bed-bug free. The government has issued a presentation on bed
bugs advising residents on how to kill bed bugs and steps for
Apartment Bed Bug Extermination
In Manitoba, landlords must take care of bed bug infestations. The
landlord must arrange for an exterminator. Tenants are responsible for
following the landlord's instructions regarding apartment preparation
and for allowing the exterminator into the unit.
Renters can call
1-855-362-2847 or email [email protected] with questions regarding
their rights. If necessary, an inspector will be sent to the property
or contact the landlord or building management to ensure that proper
bed bug treatment methods are being used.
Steps for Eliminating Bed Bugs From Your Home
Homeowners are responsible for
treating their own home. We
always recommend calling in a bed bug exterminator. Start by contacting
a network of local pest control contractors such as Home Advisor (1.877.233.1145) since they pre-screen members and only
accept companies that are licensed and insured. They also
provide callers (or online) up to 4 free quotes. This is
important as treating a home or apartment can cost $1,000 or more.
can also find reviews for local contractors on Angies
List (there is a small fee for the service).
Hire an Inspection Service - The Winnipeg Dog
The Winnipeg Dog is the home of Winnipeg's first local resident bed
bug sniffing dog. Their mission is to work with the citizens of
Winnipeg and Winnipeg's Pest Control companies in the fight against bed
bugs. Their canine scent detection service is proven, accurate,
discreet, and affordable. There are several reasons why you might
want to use the Winnipeg dog as part of your bed bug treatment plan.
The Winnipeg Bed Bug Dog Can Locate the exact locatino of a Home, Office, Hotel or Apartment Bed Bug Infestation
Proactive inspections involve using a dog to continually inspect a
facility. This way problems are detected early. Hotels and other
public facilities benefit from this approach.
Targeted and Emergency Inspections
If bed bugs are sighted, a dog can locate the exact location of the
infestation for the pest control company. This reduces the time and
effort used by the pest control company, and will save you money.
After any bed bugs Winnipeg treatment, the dog can inspect any
surrounding areas for bed bugs. It is common for exterminators to treat
a room 2 to 3 times. Dogs provide a reliable way to determine if the
problem has been eliminated.
Because the Winnipeg dog is not an extermination company, their
independence ensures no conflict of interest in reporting. For Winnipeg
customers, because the canine detective is local, there are no travel
costs included in the cost of the services, and scheduling emergency
services is more convenient. The Winnipeg Dog carries $2,000,000.00
commercial liability insurance, is in good standing with WCB, and is a
member of the National Pest Management Association, Manitoba chapter.
To date, they have performed inspections in large government office
buildings, a major downtown hotel, a 300 unit seniors complex, a meat
processing plant, a retail store, and residential homes and apartments.
While we are independent, they can coordinate an inspection with your
pest management company. Or, if you currently have a contract with
Abell Pest Control, you can arrange for Winnipeg Dog's services through
their office. They also work closely with AAA Plus Exterminations.
The first step is to confirm that you actually have a bed bug infestation. The easiest way to do this is to capture an insect and send a sample to the Cornell diagnostic laboratory. You can also get a confirmation from a local exterminator.
you cannot afford an
exterminator, it is possible to kill bedbugs yourself if the infestation is not deeply embedded into the walls and is rapidly spreading.
The key is to
use the right combination of products which are economically
purchased as part of a bed
bug kit. A typical kit will include:
Two types of Bed
down spray to reduce the size of the bed bug population. Only buy a
mattress safe spray such as Sterifab. This type of spray will also kill bed bug eggs (note that not all sprays kill eggs, an essential part of treatment)
Spray: Provides longer lasting protection. Use a spray such
Bed Bug Dust
In addition to a kit, if your mattress is in good shape and worth keeping, cover both the mattress and box spring after the room has been treated. The cover will keep any new bed bugs from hiding in the mattress and will trap any that were missed during treatment.
Step 1: Clean the Room and Steam
Every inch of an
infested room needs to be inspected and cleaned. Start by
vacuuming the entire room. Use the vacuum crevice tool around
the seams of the mattress, inside and outside the box spring
and the bed frame. Vacuum along the baseboards. If
you have a hand
steamer, steam all areas where bed bugs might hide, focused
in areas around the bed.
A Hand Steamer Generates Enough Heat to Kill Bed Bugs Winnipeg Problems (45 degrees Celcius)
Throw out any clutter to remove any potential hiding places such as
books and magazines. Wash all linens in hot water followed by
20 to 30 minutes in the dryer. Empty drawers that are near
the bed into plastic bins with snap tight lids. Wash what you
can in the washing machine. Place drawer objects in the
freezer for 5 days to ensure that objects are bed bug and bed bug egg
As an alternative, a portable heat duffel, called a PackTite, can hold an object as large as a suitcase, which is then heated to temperatures that can kill bed bugs.
Electronics should be thoroughly inspected. Unfortunately, there is
no easy way to treat electronics without causing damage.
Step 2 - Spray
and use Bed Bug Dust
To do a complete bed
bug treatment you will need two types of sprays, a knock down spray
which kills bed bugs and eggs on contact and a residual spray which will provide
lasting bed bug protection and kill any bed bugs you might have missed.
Only use a mattress safe knock down spray on the mattress
such as Sterifab.
Picture: Treating a Mattress with a Mattress safe bed bugs spray such as Sterifab