What to do if Bedbugs are Spotted
Sunday, June 23, 2013
No matter where people live in Canada, whether in Alberta or some other part of the country, there's no such thing as a province that's rifer with bedbugs than others. For the most part, much of it has to do with the apartment or residence a tenant happens to be in at the time.
There are occasions, however, that once people move to their next destination; they unwittingly take this infestation problem with them. This ultimately exacerbates the issue for everyone involved in the moving process.
With this in mind, it's important to realize that as a general rule, Alberta tenant insurancetraditionally does not cover damage caused by bedbugs. However, with the following tips, tenants should be able to move to their next apartment without having to worry about taking some unwanted guests with them.
Before anything is done, it's a good idea to inspect a mattress for signs of an infestation. Should classic indications be discovered - evidenced by finding them along the framing of the mattress as well as by the tag at the bottom of the bed - it's crucial to notify the landlord immediately. Bedbugs can multiply at a prodigious rate, so time is of the essence when it comes to getting rid of them.
Furniture may be Salvageable
If bed bugs are found on a mattress or on other pieces of furniture, it doesn't necessarily mean that these belongings have to be thrown away. According to Ville de Montreal, infested mattresses can be treated with the proper equipment and sanitization methods. It's a good idea to speak to an exterminator to see what can be done to correct the issue before throwing anything out.
There may be occasions, though, where the infestation problem is so bad, that the mattress needs to be tossed out. Before throwing it out, though, it's best to mark the bedding with lettering that reads "bedbugs" or to damage the mattress in such a way that it prevents people from thinking it's a perfectly fine to use. This will prevent the bedbug issue from spreading into other units of an apartment building.
Consider Bedbug-Proof Bedding
Perhaps the best way to prevent bed bugs from ever becoming an issue is by buying bedbug-proof mattresses. There are a variety of different mattresses and sheet covers that can be purchased that are geared to fend off bedbug invasions. Tenants may want to consider investing in one.
In the course of moving, Alberta tenants may come across friends who are giving away some of their furniture. While these furnishings may appear fine, it's best to err on the side of caution and inspect them so that they're sure to be bedbug free.
Detection of bedbugs may prove to be difficult, though. As a general rule bedbugs can be as long as 10 millimeters, but they are usually much smaller than this. On surfaces that blend with their color - most bedbugs are brown - they can be virtually impossible to see. However, if individuals have bumps that look like mosquito bites on their arms or legs, this is a classic sign that bedbugs are present.
Depending on the person, bedbug bites can take about two weeks to appear, typically found on the face, neck, arms, legs and chest.
The earlier an infestation problem is found, the better. Bedbugs lay about 200 eggs in their lifetime - which is usually about 10 months - meaning that they can produce as many as two to four eggs each day.