You have probably told loved ones to “not let the bedbugs bite,” but have you ever considered what to do if your house has them?

The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) has recently been in the news after two of its properties were found to have bedbugs; five units at the Golden Age Apartments and another five at Edgewater Apartments in North Bay.

As has been the DNSSAB’s practice, affected units are being professionally treated to get rid of the pests. The treatment plan involves regular follow-up inspections by a licensed pest control company to ensure the treatments have been effective. When necessary, the treatments are repeated until the situation is resolved.

Bedbugs don’t carry disease but they can be a source of anxiety and stress. One of the most common ways bed bugs get into your home is through your luggage after you travel, so a close inspection of your luggage when you get home is always a good idea. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, but it’s important to also remove the harder to spot eggs. Avoiding clutter in your home, regularly vacuuming your mattress, and never bringing in discarded furniture and electronics into your home are some ways to prevent them from entering your home.

If you are renting, you are encouraged to tell landlords or property managers right away if you suspect you have bedbugs. This helps to prevent the spread to other units.

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