Lower Mainland residents feel increased bite of bed bugs 0
Some Lower Mainland residents have also been feeling the bite of increased bed bug reports revealed in a survey of health inspectors earlier this month.
Just two months ago, New Westminster resident Gloria Yogyog began discovering bed bugs in her two-year-old mattress after a neighbour reported the same problem. Her uncertainty at whether there was a problem, and who to call, meant when the fumigators finally arrived a third suite at the 10th Street apartment had been infected.
“I don’t know if it’s the management’s responsibility, so I didn’t tell them immediately,” she said.
Alex Hannig, a Surrey resident who also dealt with bed bugs — twice — during the past three years, said tenants not notifying their landlords are, in his experience, the cause of the spread.
“If you didn’t realize you had bed bugs and you didn’t phone right away, the problem would fester and spread,” the 51-year-old said.
His insistence on keeping his 128th Street neighbours vigilant for the pests meant he was eventually evicted.
A survey released in mid-July by Abell Pest Control found the majority of health inspectors believe bed bug reports have risen in the past three years.
“The best option for dealing with an infestation is to use a professional pest control operator (PCO),” said Glen Embree, Fraser Health manager of environmental health services.
“PCOs often have a range of options, like using non-chemical options of steam, high heat, or freezing units. So-called ‘steam cleaners’ you rent at stores to clean carpets won’t kill bed bugs; they use warm water only, not steam.”
He cautions if residents decide to use sprays themselves, make sure to read and follow instructions carefully.